Shastry V. Mallady

MADURAI: Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, has decided to waive course and examination fees for physically handicapped students in regular stream and distance mode. It has also decided to give an additional hour’s time during examinations for them.

Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam told The Hindu here on Friday that physically challenged candidates could avail themselves of this benefit by providing a certificate/identity card from medical authorities.

“The certificate of disability is enough for a student to get fee waiver and those who join in both regular and distance education streams in all undergraduate/postgraduate courses of the university need not pay any fee.”

Dr. Thiruvasagam said the university was already giving a course fee concession of 10 per cent for women students of distance education and 25 per cent for defence/police personnel.

Another decision taken by the university, according to the Vice-Chancellor, was to introduce a concept called ‘Third Eye’ to regulate the functioning of its distance education study centres in various States. “We have received some complaints from students about excess fee being collected at study centres. In students’ interest, we are launching this concept.”

He said there were also complaints that classes were not conducted properly by some study centres. ‘Third Eye’ evaluation would be through a separate team of university staff, who would visit centres without intimation and meet students to obtain spot information.