The timing of the university ordered to steeply hike the verification charge is suspect as the order was issued soon after it signed an MoU with an Private company to outsource the online certificates, which is being solely done by the varsity to Rs. 1500 per certificate to be on par with the online verification fee earlier.
Students intending to pursue higher education in institutions outside the state are the most affected as they often have to attach certificates/marks lists verification reports along with their application forms to multiple colleges or institutions, thereby incurring considerable charges.
SFI state Joint Secretary K.Rafeeq said "Students who are seeking higher education or employment in foreign countries, including the Gulf, will have to shell out huge amounts for verification of certificates as a degree or PG course will have multiple semester-wise mark lists."
"The decision will put a huge burden on students. We will soon launch an agitation till the varsity withdraws the anti-student fee increase", he added.
He further said that "It has come to our notice that students, especially those who are applying to outside universities, have to attach individual verification reports along with each application, entailing significant additional expenditure. We look into the issue. However, the fees for verification of certificate for employment purposes will remain the same".