As crores of citizens continued to lose their livelihood with the hard-hit corona crisis in the country, things gripped out of hands Assam and West Bengal while Cyclone Amphan and floods battered the states. Amidst which taking admission in colleges and universities that usually charges up to Rs 11,000 has become next to impossible for middle and below middle-class families.
While the academic year of many students in the state fell in stack, West Bengal government announced that students will not be charged for applying to state-run colleges and universities for admission in undergraduate courses. A few of the private college as well joined hands announcing that they reduced their admission fee to ₹1 for all 24 undergraduate (UG) courses.
Rishi Bankim Chandra College in Naihati has probably become the first private college in the country to do so. While the fees of which usually vary from Rs 3,500 to over Rs 11,000 depending upon the subjects. Parents and students who termed it as a great decision towards ‘humanity’ welcomed the decision.
Confirming the same, Dr Sanjib Kumar Saha said that the decision was taken as most applications for the course come from those belonging to poor families. The online admission process is currently underway and the merit list will be published on August 17.
Similarly, Nigamnagar Nigamananda Saraswat Vidyalaya turned their institutional boundary wall into ‘Wall of Humanity’ by hanging 20 daily need items every day, starting from clothes, ration, food items, and books for the poor who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.