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Fee reduction in self-financing college under KTU

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To whomsoever it may concern,

It has been exactly 5 months since the day we (students) were asked to go home from college for an initial period of two weeks owing to the spread of Covid-19. And soon enough, the two weeks became a month, a month another and another and now it's been five. How much longer will this go on, nobody can predict.

The main concern of this email is to address the unchanged year wise fee charged by private colleges under KTU (Kerala Technological University). All colleges in the state have decided to start the new semester on 17th of August. The fee to this date has remained stoic - Rs. 75000 (+ Special fees - that varies with the college one studies) for one academic year. As you do know sir, this unprecedented crisis had a bought economic instability in our country. Our parents have received pay cuts, some even receive only a half of their original salary and some who relies only on normal business have suffered a lot in terms of earning livelihood. The unlucky folks amongst us lost their jobs and have no means of providing for their households. And even during this economic crisis, the university, and the colleges under it expect us to pay the full fees (KTU nominated fees + Special fee) which is quite difficult for us to come into terms with. Added on top of that is the monthly internet charge we must pay owing to the onset of online classes and examinations. We do not use any of the college facilities anymore - classrooms, laboratories, libraries, electricity, water, etc.

And it’s the duty of every Government to provide quality education affordable even during this pandemic So please, taking all these matters into consideration, we humbly request you to take necessary actions to reduce the fees that have been imposed on us.

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