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Students of Ahmedabad Physiotherapy College’s institute run by Parul Arogya Sewa Mandal intensified their protest against the collection of additional fees which they termed wrongful. The protest has been going on for the last three days and was further aggravated on Friday as the girls students residing at the institute’s hostel joined the protest and walked out of the hostel. The matter took a turn for the worse as one of the school’s authorities slapped Ketu Patel, second-year student, for supporting the protest.
Ishan Soni, third-year student of Bachelors of Physiotherapy (BPT) said, "In addition to the annual course fee which is 60,000, we were wrongfully being asked to pay Rs 2,000 as fees for computer training. However, no computer classes were conducted. While many of us protested over this wrongful collection by wearing black ribbons, the authorities asked us to leave the institute." About 18 female students at the institute’s hostel joined the protest and they too were asked to leave the hostel by authorities, say students. Vanraj Chavda, second-year BPT student, said, "Furthermore, instead of 16 members of faculty required to take the full term lectures, the institute has a staff of 8 teachers. Hence we also demanded that more teachers be brought to the institute." The sudden increase in deposit from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 collected from students in addition to the course fees is also one of the reasons behind the protest. The I-card fee which was Rs 100 last year has also been raised to Rs 300. "These sudden hikes burden us," said Chavda. The students represented their grievances to Gujarat University authorities on Friday. Taking action on the complaints, university authorities have issued a show-cause notice to the institute and have compelled the authorities to reply to the notice in a week. Dr. Devanshu Patel, a trustee of the institute, said, "The sum of Rs 2,000 paid as computer fees is mandatory and we are ready to refund the amount. Addressing the students’ demand for more teachers, we are to recruit more teachers within a few weeks. We have planned a parents’ meet on Monday to address the grievances and reach a solution."
Courtesy: Times of India
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