K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Students affiliated to the Students Federation of India (SFI) Kairmnagar district unit have staged a dharna in front of the District Intermediate Office (DIO) in Karimnagar town on Tuesday demanding the Board of Intermediate education to withdraw the circular issued to increase various fees in the junior colleges.
Activists led by SFI district secretary Shanigarpu Rajnikanth, vice president G Srikanth, assistant secretary K Aravind, district leaders P Avinash, Sai Teja, Charan, Pawan, Issac, Anil, Ashok and others participated in the dharna and submitted a memorandum to the Administrative officer demanding the withdrawal of the controversial circular hiking the fees.
Rajnikanth said that the Intermediate board had issued circular hiking the fees during the pandemic situation and burdening the poor students. The Board of Intermediate had issued circular charging Rs 500 for group change, Rs 600 for readmission, Rs 500 for change of medium and other charges, he stated.
Demanding the government to provide the basic amenities in the government junior colleges such as toilets, drinking water, laboratories, libraries etc, he flayed the district authorities for not constructing the government Arts college building in spite of demolition in the name of construction of a park in the Old high school premises. He also reminded that the government junior college at Kharkhanagadda was in a dilapidated condition but the government had failed to fulfil the promise of constructing a new building.
He also alleged that the private junior colleges were fleecing the gullible students by collecting huge fees in spite of the non-functioning of colleges and conduct of physical classes. He demanded the government to take stern action against the private junior colleges for extorting huge fees from the students in the name of laboratory fees and other fees without conducting any classes. He also charged that the private junior colleges were holding back the certificates of the students and harassing them demanding the clearance of fees.