One of the most severe problems in the Indian education sector is the ridiculous amounts of cash donations that universities take to give admission. As a result, genuine students miss out on education whereas those who have the financial means get admission even when they don’t deserve it.
The Narendra Modi government has now conducted a surgical strike on this menace. It has directed all universities and higher educational institutions across the country to ensure that no fees payments by students are made in cash from the upcoming academic session.
“All receipts and payments related to the functioning of the institutions including student fees, exam fees, vendor payments and salary/wage payments shall be made only through online or digital modes,” read a directive sent by the HRD Ministry to university heads.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued the necessary advisory to all higher educational institutions that all monetary transactions should be done using digital modes of payment.
“For all students’ service in the hostels, digital mode should be used for all transactions. All canteens and business establishments on the campus may be encouraged to resort to only digital modes for their receipts and payments using the BHIM app by linking their bank accounts with Aadhaar,” the directive added.
The varsities will identify all transactions being carried out in cash and find ways for replacing them with digital modes. The varsities will also appoint a nodal officer for the purpose and send a monthly report to the UGC.
As this directive is implemented by universities, it is expected that the extent to which they milk the common man into paying exorbitant sums of money above the stipulated fees will fall considerably.
All amounts accepted by universities will have to be through digital modes which will mean that they can be traced and tallied. This will enable income tax authorities to pursue those who evade the law. But the success of this will depend on how effectively the HRD Ministry can get the universities to implement this directive and how well they can follow-up in the future.