Online admission, offline fee payment

Online admission, offline fee payment

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Online admission, offline fee payment

Centralized admission without online payment facility forces students from outside Ahmedabad to come in person to pay fees at GU-affiliated colleges; SBI’s GU branch unable to handle rush; students diverted to GU departments to pay fees

Niyati Rana

Jul 10, 2024 06:00 AM | UPDATED: Jul 10, 2024 01:45 AM | 10 min read

Mahesh (name changed) was elated when he got admission in a reputed commerce college in Ahmedabad, affiliated to Gujarat University (GU), after the second round of admissions. However, he was shocked when he learned that he would have to travel with his parents and personally pay a fee of Rs 1,200 per semester. This 8-hour journey would cost Rs 2,500 for tickets and accommodation.

In an era of internet banking and digital wallets, students have to travel from all over Gujarat to pay tuition fees for undergraduate and graduate courses at Gujarat University. Despite the introduction of Gujarat Common Admission Services (GCAS) for centralised admissions to 15 public universities, there are no arrangements for online payment of tuition fees. This forces parents and students to rush to Ahmedabad, take leave from work and travel long distances from places like Junagadh, Dhoraji, Bhuj and Mandvi.

Sanjay Vakil, principal of HA Commerce College, said the decision to accept online fees should come from the state government or Gujarat University. “Autonomous colleges may accept online fees, but we follow the central process. Students from Dhoraji, Bhuj and parts of Saurashtra come in person to pay fees. We may start accepting online fees from next year,” he said.

For grant-aided schools, the tuition fee is Rs 650 per semester for girls and Rs 1,200 for boys. HM Patel, principal of Bhavan’s Sheth RA College of Science, said students still had to come to the college to pay the fee even after online admission rounds. GCAS and Gujarat University also do not have provisions for online document verification.

“Gujarat University had online document verification till last year but that was discontinued with the implementation of GCAS and SAMARTH portal,” he said. After two rounds of online admission, the third round will be offline and decentralized at Gujarat University for both bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes.
A senior GU official reported long queues outside the SBI branch at Gujarat University. Bank officials were overwhelmed, so students were directed to pay their fees at their departments, which would then handle the bank transactions.

Students from Dhoraji, Bhuj and parts of Saurashtra are coming in person to pay tuition fee. May be from next year we will accept online tuition fee
–Sanjay Vakil, Director, HA Commerce College