GST on educational services from current session at GNDU
May, 29th 2020
GNDU will implement GST on educational services as defined under Centre’s guidelines with full effect from the new session. The varsity had till now only partially implemented the GST on specified services.
The GST will cover additional services including using gymnasium facility, arranging workshops and seminars, getting transcripts and migration certificates from the varsity.
“While the recognised degree courses have been exempted from GST, if the university offers any certificate course, it will come under GST. Also, it will include charges on food kiosks running on the campus,” he said.
Meanwhile, student bodies lodged a protest against the inclusion of education services under GST. Obtaining duplicate merit certificate or detailed mark sheet, inter-college migration certificate, attestation of photostat copy per exam, degree in absentia, rechecking fee for answer sheets, reevaluation fee, membership fee for using gym, swimming pool, fitness centre, will be included under the GST.
Students For Students (SFS) condemned the GNDU authorities for implementing the move so quickly. “The Centre has brought educational services under GST, which will certainly make education more costly and in turn making it out of reach of students especially from marginalised sections. It should also be noted that GNDU is the costliest government university in the state. The university has also not issued final mark sheets and certificates to students eligible for post-matric scholarships,” shared Shubhkaram Singh, a student and member of SFS. “The government is pushing for commercialisation of education under the garb of a global pandemic. This is vulgar opportunism as the university is shut due to Covid-19 and students are in no position to physically oppose this decision. When people are already grappling with necessary things for survival, this decision has added to their misery particularly for poor and marginalised students,” he said.