Orders on fee structure shock students

Hyderabad, August 27, 2012: The Government’s Saturday midnight orders on fee structure for engineering and other professional colleges in the state came as a bolt from the blue to thousands of poor students who secured ranks in the Eamcet.

Even as the long delayed web based counseling for engineering admissions began today, students were shocked to learn that they would have to shell down any amount between Rs. 51,800 and Rs 1.05 lakh for admission into any of the top 67 colleges located in and around Hyderabad city.

Going by the fee structure fixed by the government for 645 colleges out of a total of 717 engineering colleges in the state, the students will have to shell down Rs 1.05 lakh for admission into Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Science (CBIT) at Gandipet, Rs. 98,700 in Vasavi Engineering College at Ibrahimpatnam, Rs.88,900 in VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rs 84,600 in Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Rs 95,000 in Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science at Warangal, Rs. 83,600 in Muffakam Jah College of Engineering and Technology at Banjara Hills and Rs. 82, 400 in MVSR Engineering College at Nadergul in Warangal Ranga Reddy district.

As the fee structure is put in place as per the Supreme Court order that allows hike in fees to compensate for payment of salaries to teachers as per the sixth pay commission scales, the government has warned that legal action would be taken against those colleges which do not pay the salaries as per the pay commission scales.

The Supreme Court in its order said that hike in fees should be borne by first year students starting from the academic year 2012-13 indicating the students will have to pay less from second year onwards.

As per the Government orders, the fee is fixed at Rs.35,000 for 578 colleges which have submitted undertakings to the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) and the principal secretary, higher education's office accepting the earlier agreement on fee structure.

The fee structure for B-Pharmacy, Pharmacy D and B Arch courses was also fixed by the Government. As per the orders, the fee would be anything between Rs 62,600 and Rs 91,700 for five colleges offering B Pharmacy with the highest to be charged by Sultan-Ul-Uloom College of Pharmacy.

74 B-pharmacy colleges will collect a fee of Rs 31,000 and 162 colleges Rs 35,000. Pharmacy-D colleges are asked to collect a fee of Rs 68,000. The fee for two B Arch colleges is fixed at Rs 35,000. 


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