SPPU calls for fee waiver report for students who lost parents in pandemic

Students and student organizations repeatedly complained about the issue, after which the SPPU demanded a report until July 31

The administrative department of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has requested all colleges affiliated to the university to submit a report regarding the waiver of tuition fees for students who have lost their parents during the Covid-pandemic. 10. Students and student organizations repeatedly complained about the issue, after which the SPPU demanded a report until July 31.

According to information shared by the SPPU, many students have lost one or both parents in the last two years of the pandemic, which has had a negative impact on their financial situation. Yet, several students and student organizations have complained because the tuition fees of many of these students have not been waived by their respective colleges.

Earlier, the university released a list of students who lost parents to Covid-19 based on which, their fees were waived by the university. However, fees are still charged to many of these students and they have not benefited from the waiver of their respective colleges. “I am in my final year of a business degree and in 2020 my father died during the first wave of Covid. Since then, we have had financial difficulties. This year the college is charging fees again while the university has waived our entire fees,” said Mangesh Bhujbal, a student.

“The state government and even the university are playing with the lives of thousands of students who have lost their parents to Covid. According to state government records, only 1,051 students lost their parents and applied for a fee waiver. But there are thousands of students across the state who need to benefit from the waiver of fees as they cannot afford the fees,” said Kuldeep Ambekar, Student and President of the Students Helping Hand organization.

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