Chennai College rejects to take in students under the free scheme
The free education scheme of the Madras University provoked concern after a city college rejected to admit poor students selected under the scheme.
“Two students selected under the scheme were not allowed inside the Meenakshi college for women in Kodambakkam. The University is now forced to look for an alternative arrangement for these students,” university professors said to media. According to the scheme, the university chooses students from below poverty line families, children of single parents and orphans. The affiliated and autonomous colleges below the University provide free education to them.
The University has received 840 applications this year and the section committee selected 234 students after interviewing 538 applicants. One-third of the students chosen were orphans. Those who are selected students have to pay exam fees only. Other fees are totally waived.
The professor said that “The scheme has been implemented for the past ten years following a resolution passed by the Syndicate. If one college is allowed to say no, then tomorrow many colleges will follow suit which will jeopardize the scheme.”
K SS Lakshmi, secretary, Meenakshi Colleges for women, stated that the college has previously advised the University that it would not involve in the scheme.
University vice-chancellor P Duraisamy stated the scheme is a voluntary one and the University cannot force any college. “We will make alternative arrangements for the two students selected for the college, he stated.