In a recent move, state's Fee Regulating Authority (FRA) slashed the fees of various professional courses by an average of 20%. Following are the professional courses which suffered the slash:
The regulatory body (FRA) took the move because many colleges were showing irregular rise in their expenditure in order to extract more money from the students. Under the same move the authority has also asked the colleges to refrain from making any changes in the fee structure in second year of the courses.
FRA was established in 2004 and is responsible for regulating the fee for all unaided private professional colleges in the state. When a particular college submits a proposal for making changes in the fee structure, the regulatory body considers number of factors such as nature of course, number of students, teaching and non-teaching staff and other facilities before giving yes to a new fee structure.
Ravi Dahah, a member of FRA said "The colleges are generally allowed a 10% fee hike every year. The students are yet to know the exact fee for the course at the time of admission, because FRA will decide on the fee structure well after admissions. But we have now fixed the fees for the ongoing session as well as the upcoming year."
Dahad added that "students at most professional colleges in the state will now pay a fee that is substantially lesser when compared to 2015-16."
"In normal courses, the colleges would have increased the fees by 20% but we have reduced it by 20% instead," he said.
On such reduction in fee colleges said that they haven’t received any fair explanation from the body on the matter of fee reduction.
"We found many colleges illegally charging students for using the library, laboratories and for identity cards. Some have inflated their electricity bills, while others the number of staff members. In some cases, colleges showed fake admission reports of reserved category students to receive benefits from the government's social justice departments," said the source.