A large number of students of the Government MAO College are in a fix as the administration has withheld their roll number slips for upcoming MA Part-I exam, pressurising them to first submit dues for yet-to-start Part-II classes.
The students condemning the decision have demanded the authorities of Higher Education Department, Punjab, intervene and provide relief to them. The students said there was no logic in collecting dues of the classes which were yet to commence, adding that the issue was badly affecting their preparations for the exams scheduled to commence from June 9, 2011.
According to the students enrolled in different evening postgraduate programmes, their families were in great trouble as submitting fees in advance in prevailing worst financial situation was not possible for most of them.
One of the students, seeking anonymity, also said MAO College administration led by its principal was forcing the students to submit dues in advance as the college did not have funds to pay to the faculty members and junior staff serving the college on contract basis. “Otherwise one cannot comprehend as to why the students are being victimised”, he added.
Another student said submitting over Rs 22,000 at once just to get roll number slip was injustice. He also questioned, “What if a student fails the Part-I examination.” “In this case what will be legal status of the amount collected by the college in advance,” he questioned.
He said the roll number slip issue had greatly irked the students and they could not focus their studies as well. When contacted, Govt MAO College Principal Syed Irfan Hussain Zaidi said the students had signed an agreement of two years Master’s programme and were bound to pay for the same. He said the college had to pay visiting faculty members as well as regular teachers who taught the evening shift students. “We have to pay teachers from students fee and therefore are helpless,” he added. He said that such issues also created problems in audit process, claiming if the fee was not collected from the students, the head of the institution had to pay the same to clear the audit objection.
The principal said all the students had submitted the dues except some students enrolled in the Mass Communication Department.
The college students also staged a protest demonstration against the college administration on the issue.