RGUHS to charge examinees Rs 20 per bag, Rs 30 per mobile

Registrar (evaluation) says taking care of students’ belongings is a bigger headache than conducting exams

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has decided to charge a fee to safeguard the belongings of students appearing for various exams. Usually, students deposit their bags, phones and other belongings either outside the exam hall or in a corner of the room. 

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) registrar (evaluation) Dr N S Ashok Kumar said, “More than exams, taking care of the belongings has turned out to be a headache. Many students complain of losing bags or mobiles and pick a fight with the staff. I suggested that they should not bring a bag or gizmos to exam centres. However, despite repeated pleas, students continue to bring these items. Hence, we have decided to take a tough stand and have instructed colleges to provide a zip bag to each student before the exam. 

“Students can deposit their belongings in the bag and collect a token after paying a fee.” 

He indicated that the fee could be 20 per bag and 30 per mobile phone, though the rates were yet to be fixed.

During the recent Post Graduate Entrance Test (PGET), the varsity allowed staff at the exam centres to collect a similar fee for safeguarding the belongings of students. The fee was collected after the exam, leaving students fuming (Examinees get a ‘fee’ shock after test). 

Kumar said the charges would be applicable for all future exams. 

“I do not understand why a student cannot be without a mobile phone for five hours or so. What is the need for a student to bring a mobile phone or a bag to the exam hall? Charging a fee for safeguarding these items would act as a deterrent,” he told Bangalore Mirror.

Students are unhappy with this move. Neeta Kumari, a PG student, said, “I don’t think this rule exists in any part of the country. When we pay exorbitant fees, what is the need for a university or college to charge a fee to safeguard our belongings?” 

Another student Anita Pai said, “Charging money for safeguarding gizmos in an exam hall seems ridiculous. Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives. For example, my father drops me to the exam centre. After the exam, I need to call him to pick me up. With hardly any coin booths available these days, mobiles are handy.”

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