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HYDERABAD: A government probe was ordered on Tuesday after dozens of students were thrown out of classes at Sri Chaitanya Junior College in Chaitanyapuri for failing to pay fee dues.
After an 11-month hiatus, the college had reopened a week ago, but with many students failing to pay fees, college authorities asked them to leave the premises, triggering protests by students. While students claimed that 100 students were told to clear at least 50% of fee to allow them into physical classrooms, the Chaitanya management put the number at 50 and said that they were forced to ask students to leave as they did not pay a single rupee towards fee for the academic year.
Syed Omer Jaleel, commissioner, Telangana State Board of Intermediate, said he had received a complaint on the issue.
“I have directed the district Intermediate education officer, Hyderabad, to visit the college and submit a report to me by Wednesday,” he added.
Many protesting students narrated how they had come to the college multiple times, but were thrown out.
“I have already paid Rs 10, 000 out of total Rs 25,000. Still I was asked to leave the classroom today,” said a teary-eyed Intermediate second-year student. “I came several times for attending class, but was sent back every time,” the student added.
College authorities however said that the institute has always supported students who come from genuinely poor economic backgrounds.
“Students are welcome to continue attending online classes if the parents can’t afford the small fee we charge. But we can’t encourage the practice of not paying the fee that’s due if they can afford but are avoiding it. This will impact other students, teachers and administrators as well,” said a senior member of the management, adding that they had stopped about 50 students from attending classes on Tuesday.
“We have been offering online classes and assessments all year even when the fee is not paid. How do we sustain without fees? Several educational institutions are going under due to lack of fee while the expenses keep building. It’s time for all of us to focus on the quality of education and bring our kids back to the classroom for effective academic performance. And we can’t do that without being able to meet the expenses,” the member, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said.
Students and lecturers protested in front of the Chaitanyapuri campus, saying students were being forced either to clear the fee or not enter physical classrooms.
“Already 70% of students are attending classes, but management is not asking us to rejoin,” said K Bhagavantha Reddy, who has over 20 years’ experience as a physics lecturer and is on no work, no pay mode for the past 10 months.

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