A complaint has been filed with the National Human Rights Commission, against charging of "unjust" and "disproportionate" fees by the Rajeev Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, during the lockdown period.
The complaint has been filed by the law school students, urging that they be granted some relief in the upcoming semester fee, in view of the "enormous economic stress".
On June 27, the University administration notified a requisition of full fees for the upcoming semester (INR 1,13,500/-), payable latest by 10th July, post which date the late fee will be charged starting from INR5,000/- and increasing in progression thereafter.
Over 600 students from the University have opposed this requisition and have made an application to the NHRC stating:
"There has been enormous economic stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and extended lockdowns on our families. Further, due to the premature closure of campus and the subsequent declaration of Summer Vacations, a major portion of fees already paid for the semester remains unutilized. Thereafter, the requisition of such a hefty amount at such a short notice period has made us economically vulnerable adding to our woes. For the reasons as aforesaid, and detailed in the main application, we are not willing to pay any fees apart from tuition fees. We request you to understand our plight and intervene to grant us appropriate relief(s) as detailed in the Main Application attached herewith."
In related news, a PIL has been filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking waiver of fees and cancellation of semester examinations for the students of the Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Vizag.
A petition has also been filed in the Supreme Court against payment of full school fees, and seeking waiver of private school fees for a period of three months starting April 1 till July 1 2020 during lockdown.
The issue has also been a subject of challenge before various High Courts, whose stance may be Read Here.
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