Students in a fix over fees

The Nagaland government has said it would not bail out students who are facing an uncertain future after an Uttar Pradesh-based engineering and technology college refused to allow the students - who could not pay fees - to continue their studies.

By Our Correspondent in Kohima
  • Published 3.12.15
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Kohima, Dec. 2: The Nagaland government has said it would not bail out students who are facing an uncertain future after an Uttar Pradesh-based engineering and technology college refused to allow the students - who could not pay fees - to continue their studies.

Under an MoU signed between the Divya Jyoti Group of Institutions, Modinagar, and the Eastern Nagaland Students' Union Dimapur, 150 students were sent to the institute for technical education last year. Now the fate of these students is uncertain and many of them have left recently for alleged harassment by the institute's authorities for non-payment of fees.

The students have appealed to the state government to bail them out. The institute is demanding more than Rs 1.5 crore as accumulated amount for tuition bills.

The state government has shifted the blame on the student union as the MoU was signed without its knowledge or approval.

Parliamentary secretary for higher and technical education, Deo Nukhu, told reporters this evening that the whole responsibility should be borne by the union.

He said for technical education, students are selected through Joint Entrance Examination according to seat allotments by the Union government. But in the current controversy the students were selected by the and the institute without the knowledge and approval of the state government.

"The arrangements were done without the knowledge of the government," Nukhu said.

According to him, there are scores of unrecognised private institutes in the country who are duping students. Nukhu said the government cannot pay fees of the students of the institute as the whole gamut of arrangements were done without the approval of the government.

He said it is unbecoming of some students' organisations to go beyond limit while in the process of discharging social services. "The government should not be blamed."

He said the students went to the institute at their own risk, adding that it was no fault of the students and the department. They were influenced by some students' organisations. "I wish they also understand the procedures of the government," he said.

Nukhu warned of legal action against the institute and student leaders of the union.

He said the government had already asked the students' union to appear before it but so far they have not come.

"We are also making our own investigation into the entire matter," Nukhu added.

Nukhu said last year also the Naga Students Federation (NSF) had sent over 200 students to study at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Educational and Welfare Foundation, Hyderabad, without the consulting the government.