Berhampur (Odisha): An organisation of people with disabilities in Ganjam district in Odisha on Tuesday demanded fee waiver for students with 40 per cent disabilities.
“We have been demanding that students with 40 per cent disabilities be exempted from paying all types of fees, except mess charge in hostel. It will encourage them to pursue higher studies,” said K Ananda, General Secretary of Ganjam District Orthopaedically Handicapped Welfare Association (GDOHWA).
According to a recent state government order, students with over 75 per cent disability will be exempted from paying tuition fees and examination and certificate fees for pursuing higher education.
Very few students with disabilities will benefit from the government order of exempting them from paying fees in government and government-aided educational institutions, he said.
Though the students with disabilities at the school level were exempted from paying fees, they were paying the fees in colleges and other higher educational institutions, he added.