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A letter has been addressed to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the State's Chief Minister and other concerned authorities urging for the grant of fee relief for students of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing financial difficulties.
The letter signed off by over 720 students of RGNUL points out that amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent damage to the Indian economy, many parents/ guardians find it difficult to pay the fees for the next semester.
It is also pointed out that due to the premature closure of the campus amid the pandemic, a major portion of the fees paid for the summer semester remain unutilised.
The letter adds that the students are conscious of the University’s liability to remunerate teaching/ non-teaching staff and other expenditure to be incurred regardless of the University's closure.
In this regard, it is also noted that fees such as Mess Fees, Moot Court Fees, Campus Development Fund, Heath Centre Fees, Gym facility Fees, etc. will not be utilised during this period. Further, it is noted that there would no requirement to incur internet, electricity, water and other utility charges as usual.
The students have, therefore, urged the concerned authorities to consider granting the following forms of fee relief, i.e.
Exemption of Annual Increase in Tuition Fees for the next academic session; and
Rebate in Late Fees (if any) applicable on payment of fees; and
Partial Refund of ‘Fees’ already paid in lieu of the Balance (‘Fees’ including but not limited to Amenities Fee, Moot Court Fee, Mess Fee, Campus Development Fund, portion of Hostel Rent which remain unutilised); or
Adjustment of the Balance by appropriate monetary relief in next semester fees.