| Girl students of the college alleged that they were locked inside the hostel and not allowed to take part in the strike. (below) students sit on a hunger strike on the college campus. Telegraph pictures |
Bhubaneswar, Nov. 3: Students of C.V. Raman College of Engineering (CVRCE) continued their hunger strike for the third consecutive day today. They are protesting against the management for “violation of officially stipulated fee structure”.
The students allege that the college has been charging an unreasonably exorbitant fee, which was in contravention of recommendation of the state government’s Fee Structure Committee. Around 1,000 students of BTech, MBA and MCA courses began the strike on Monday after negotiations with the management yielded no result.
Quoting the notification, the students said while ceiling on the annual college fee for BTech courses was Rs 67,000, they had to pay Rs 80,000.
Here, the annual college fee for MCA and MBA courses is Rs 80,000 and Rs 1,00,000 instead of the government-revised fee structure of Rs 49,000 and Rs 40,000, respectively. Similarly, while the stipulated hostel fee was Rs 14,000 a year, the students had been asked to pay Rs 46,500.
“They are also charging Rs 30,000 for pre-placement training, whereas the government has fixed it at Rs 10,000. They have threatened not to allow us for campus placements if we don’t end the strike,” said a student on condition of anonymity.
One of the protesters said: “Yesterday, six students had to be hospitalised after they fell sick. Authorities have threatened to take legal action against us if the strike is not called off. We have made several attempts to meet the chairman, but they have locked the management block so that he cannot receive our applications.”
“The classes have been suspended and the college has stopped supply of water and food to the hostel since last evening. Some of the girl students have been locked in hostel so that they cannot join the agitation,” he said.
Chairman of the CVRCE Sanjib Kumar Rout said the college did not find the tuition fee fixed by the committee acceptable for which they had already filed a court case.
“The court has passed a stay order on the notification and the matter is sub-judice. After the admission process got over in July, the provisional fee structure was approved and communicated to the committee in October. The college has also collected 25 per cent less fee than the proposed fee,” said Rout.
He said the college authorities had written a letter to the commissioner-cum-secretary of the state department of industries, mentioning that it won’t be possible on the part of the college to conduct the professional courses with such a low fee structure.
“We have already intimated the state officials and vice-chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela, that any student who feels the fee structure here is high is free to take a transfer certificate along with the amount paid to us and join any other engineering college within 15 days of this notification,” he said.