The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTU-H) is contemplating to increase the fee for various courses that are offered through its constituent colleges, albiet nominally.
The university runs colleges in Hyderabad, Jagityal, Manthani and Sultanpur, and Institute of Science and Technology, School of Information Technology, School of Management Studies, and, School of Continuing and Distance Education.
The university conducts a fee revision every three years for the professional courses. The previous revision was conducted for the academic year of 2016-17 and currently, the fee revision needs to take place for the academic year of 2019-20 which will stay for the next three years.
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At present, a student enrolling in a BTech course is being charged Rs 10,000 while for the MTech course it is Rs 15,000. The administration plans to hike the course fee nominally which might come into effect from the academic year 2019-20.
Fee structure differences
One of the senior officials of JNTU informed the fee structure was defined a long time ago and was comparatively cheaper than their private competitors in engineering who were charging more than double the price of JNTU engineering colleges.
There was a need for revision of fees for taking up developmental activities and to provide new facilities in the colleges. The block grant from the government goes into payment of salaries of the staff, an official said.
A proposal has been sent to the AFRC (Admission Fee Regulatory Committee) and they are currently waiting for a reply from them. A total of 1070 colleges have applied for the change in the fee structure of their courses which include 170 colleges or institution for rngineering.
Meanwhile, the AFRC has extended the last date for submission of application by the professional colleges seeking fee enhancement.
The Telangana Engineering and Professional College Managements’ Association (TEPCMA) urged the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) to consider projections of financial year-2018-19 in order to calculate comparative increase in expenditure of the colleges over three years for fixing fee for block period 2019-2022.
The colleges say that the fee structure has not been increased in the last 13 years, and claim that they haven’t been able to revamp their infrastructure due to this. This, they say, has hit their national rankings. “To compete with the private colleges and improve our standard rankings, we have to hike the fee.
N Goutham Rao, Chairman, TEPCMA and K Suneel Kumar, General Secretary along with other members of the association who met T Papi Reddy, Chairman, TSCHE here on Tuesday, wanted Sixth pay scale for teaching and non-teaching staff be considered while fixing fee.
The Association also wanted the TSCHE to consider the expenses incurred on the additional faculty specifically recruited for the value-added courses along with physical education and library. Considering various aspects, the association appealed for a minimum 30 per cent hike in fees of the respective courses of the respective courses.