In what was deemed as a shameful act, Gayatri Vidya Parishad – an MBA college in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh held back the convocation ceremony of a few students citing their non-payment of fees for the course term.
Blame The Govt, Not the Students
On July 9th, 2022, the Gayatri Vidya Parishad, Rushikonda, and Visakhapatnam, decided not to honor the passed students of MBA (Batch 2018-2020), since they defaulted on their course fee payment!
This seemed absurd, as all the batch students were collectively invited for the convocation ceremony on Saturday, but only the ones whose fee was settled were conferred certificates. The rest – who haven’t paid the fee yet – were left to watch their friends honored on the big stage.
This triggered the student community, especially the ones who were dumped since they were called by the management without informing any such conditions beforehand. Some students claimed that they had traveled hundreds of miles, since working in other cities, only to get humiliated at the big event.
And the worst part – it’s because the state government (YSRCP) didn’t release promised fee reimbursement in time! Hundreds of thousands of students in Andhra Pradesh are studying with a government fee reimbursement scheme, in various courses, and at several colleges.
Most of them are left stranded without their original degree certificates to date since the government didn’t reimburse the colleges! Though APHER&MC (regulator of education in AP) directed institutions not to hold back the original certificates of students citing non-payment of fees from the government, they’re still doing so.
And since most students lack knowledge on how to pursue against such acts, they’re simply waiting for the local government’s reimbursement to have their certificates in hand.