Maharashtra likely to introduce policy for girl students to give up concession in college fees

Girls from well-to-do backgrounds have voluntarily given up concession on their college fees in Maharashtra, calling it unfair on needy students, whom it is actually intended for.

The Maharashtra government is likely to introduce a policy for girl students who do not want concession in their college fees from the government. The proposed policy titled 'Give It Up Girls Concession' will be run on the lines of the union government's policy 'Give It Up' aimed at giving up the LPG subsidy.

The idea behind the proposed policy came from a first-year student named Urja Bharatiya, who studies at the G.D. Ruparel College in Mumbai. Urja wanted to not avail of the concession in her fees, saying that her father Shrikant Bharatiya was in a good financial condition but the college insisted that she avail the same in accordance with the government policy.

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WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE POLICY

  1. "I was shocked to know that the fees for the entire year at the concessional amount was only Rs 200", Urja said. "I felt I was doing injustice to the needy students", she added.
  2. An upset Urja took up the matter with Bharatiya, an officer on special duty in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' office. He tried to convince officials of the education department to introduce a policy to allow girl students give up concession in the fees.
  3. "Talks with the education department are in the final stage", Bharatiya said. "We will soon be in a position to make it a reality."
  4. Bharatiya said the policy would also consider the plight of poor girl students. "We are planning to set up a fund for these students to help them financially in their studies."
  5. The state government pays the fees of the girl students in their graduation courses. However, professional courses including engineering, medical, architecture have been excluded from this concession.
  6. Students are looking forward to this proposed policy. Shraddha Rane, a second-year commerce student, said that she would also give the concession if the policy comes into force. "I don't think it is logical to avail such facilities when my family can bear the expenses of my education", she said.

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