Telangana Admission Fee Regulatory Commiittee(TAFRC) was approached this year by not just the private ones, but the government engineering colleges also, who haven’t hiked their fee in the past 12 to 15 years, to request upto 25% hike on the existing fee for the next block period.
It would be impossible to follow the model curriculum of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with the existing fee of Rs 10,000 per year, said the authorities of the government colleges. It would be hard to compete with private colleges unless the government spends more money, where private colleges are charging lakhs of rupees as fee, they said.
Kumar Molugaram, principal, University College of Engineering, OU said,”In order to follow the model curriculum and deliver quality education to students, there is a need to establish different kinds of labs with sophisticated equipment. They also added, that they have submitted proposal for fixing the tuition fee at Rs 35,000 per year.
Hike demands by colleges
“Our fee was enhanced way back in 2007. The fee is less even when compared to kindergartens. As our college was established in 1929, there is also a need to renovate our buildings apart from establishing new labs, “said Kumar.
E Saibaba Reddy, principal of JNTUH College of Engineering, Hyderabad seconding with the principal of University College of Engineering, OU, said that his college too is facing a financial crunch.
Fee was enhanced 15 years ago for the JNTUH Engineering colleges and added that Rs 20,000 per year fees should be increased. “In order to maintain facilities and improve infrastructure, we had to encash our fixed deposits recently” said Reddy.
As government reimburses up to Rs 35,000 per year, there won’t be any burden on students, said government college officials.
A decision on whether or not to apply for the fee hike are yet to make, said R Say a name, Vice-chancellor of Kakatiya University.
“The issue will be discussed at the standing Committee meeting to soon make a decision, “said the VC.