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Delhi university waves off fees for orphaned covid-19 students


To ease the suffering of students affected by the pandemic, Delhi University offers to give fee waivers and scholarships to children of deceased parents or whose parents are currently unemployed. The head of admissions at  Delhi University has asked all of its constituted colleges to conduct surveys of students who have lost their parents during the coronavirus pandemic. There will be a mechanism, put in place where the university will ask for applications from students. And will verify their claims, post verification, that the needy students will be given scholarships and fee waivers accordingly.


The three types of colleges that fall under the umbrella of Delhi university are; the ones funded by trusts, the ones funded partially, by the varsity, and the ones funded partially or wholly by the Delhi government. Presently, the Delhi government subsidized 28 colleges, and 12 of them are supported by the Delhi government. The principal of one of the universities who chose to remain anonymous said, "There are two components of the fees -- college component and the university component.


The college component can only be waived off, by the respective college while the university component is very meagre." Another university official requesting anonymity said, "At the varsity level, we know about the staffers whose wards are studying here, and they would be given a fee waiver. At the college level, the college governing bodies will have to implement it. They will have to ask for certain documents which would prove it."

Pc Joshi the acting vice-chancellor of Delhi University, has said that university administration will be stressing on providing free education to all those children who have lost their parents during the pandemic, till the time they study at the university.

The principal of one of the colleges funded by the Delhi government welcomed the move. But also said, ''once the move is finalized, the university administration, will put it forward to the governing body of the college, since it is a financial matter.''

Balaram Pani Dean of the colleges of Delhi University was quoted saying, "Delhi University has written to its colleges to survey students who have lost their parents due to coronavirus. We have sought a report in the matter by Monday,"

  Some colleges like Rajdhani college have started such initiatives, Rajesh Giri, principal of Rajdhani college said, “Our students have created a Google form for students, and the fee waiver will also be applicable for those who will seek admission in the new academic session. They will have to furnish the death certificate of their parents. The college had given a fee concession of Rs 2,010 to all its students during the first wave”. He also stated that till now, 30 students of the college during the second wave.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The proposed fee waiver will apply to all the students, who lost either one or both parents due to covid-19, and will be exempted from paying the exam fees.

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