The students of Mahapurusa Achyutananda (diploma) Mahavidyalaya at Nemal in Cuttack held a dharna in front of the main gate of the institution on Monday demanding a reduction in readmission fees.
The restless students claimed that although college authorities raised a huge sum for the development fund during Plus 3 readmissions, no notable development work is underway.
“Readmission fees are much higher at our college than at other institutions. Our college does not have a NCC and the student union election has not taken place in the past four years. In addition, no development work is in progress. However, we are asked to pay the development costs. Therefore, we demand a reduction in readmission fees, ”said Barsarani Pradhan, a student.
Another student, Aditya Kumar Sethy, said: “Our institution does not have a magazine or a calendar. But fees are levied for these purposes. We do not have suitable bicycle racks and desks for students. We demand the development of infrastructure apart from reducing readmission fees. We will continue our agitation until our demands are not met.
Reacting to the students’ allegations, college principal Niranjan Satpathy said, “The fees that are being collected now were approved by the then college management committee in May 2018. We urge students to attend classes and assure that we will attract the attention of higher authorities. Accordingly, a decision will be taken in this regard.