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Pune University will No More Charge Visitors Rs 1,000 for Morning Walks Following Backlash

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Savitribai Phule University had released a circular introducing “SPPU Oxy Park,” a scheme under which outside visitors required a paid membership to enter the university premises for morning and evening walks.

Savitribai Phule University released a circular on Saturday, June 12, announcing the postponement of the university’s recently introduced “Oxy Park” program, which sought to charge morning and evening walk visitors, after receiving criticism. Uday Samat, the minister of higher and technical education in the Maharashtra cabinet, posted a tweet informing that the administration had been instructed to restructure the programme. He wrote in a tweet, “The administration has been instructed to restructure the scheme by postponing this decision and a circular of adjournment will be issued soon.” The university released the circular after the minister’s tweet, Samat shared it on his Twitter account.

On June 11, Savitribai Phule University had released a circular introducing “SPPU Oxy Park,” a scheme under which outside visitors required a paid membership to enter the university premises for morning and evening walks. The university listed a monthly membership for ₹1,000, whereas a yearly membership cost ₹10,000. The circular mentioned that the programme would be launched on International Yoga Day, June 21. According to the additional document explaining the details of the program, a member would also get access to emergency medical help and a cardio ambulance. Other facilities included free parking, access to the open gym, the university’s main library -Jaykar Knowledge Resource Centre along with other libraries. If a person purchased the university gym membership as well, they would be given a discount, the document mentioned.

The circular received criticism from student bodies. The university’s student union released a statement on its Twitter account calling the move shocking. Another Twitter user tagged the governor of Maharashtra asking, “You are the Chancellor of the University, please let us know if the Registrar has purchased the University Campuses.”

Following the criticism, the university released a new circular stating that the earlier circular was being postponed. The document mentioned that the scheme was being restructured to include sports and other facilities to make it comprehensive.

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