Colleges demand fee
The students in Telangana continue to face harassment from professional and other college managements over payment of college fee. The delay in...
Hyderabad: The students in Telangana continue to face harassment from professional and other college managements over payment of college fee. The delay in finalisation of the Financial Assistance to Students of Telangana (FAST) scheme by the Telangana Government is adding to the woes of students.
Several students in Telangana took admission into first year professional and BEd courses hoping for a fee reimbursement from the government. So far the government has not come up with the guidelines for FAST. On other side it got into legal tangle over nativity issue. The government is making all efforts to file a counter petition on FAST guidelines as per the High Court’s directive and was firm on giving financial assistance to students. However, the students are apprehensive whether they would get reimbursement for the current academic year. An engineering student who took an admission in a college at Ibrahimpatnam, near Hyderabad, on condition of anonymity said that his college forced him to pay the fee, though he was eligible for reimbursement.
“I have applied for reimbursement. The college forced us to pay the fee and I had to pay it,” he added. The indecision of the government has become a boon for college managements to extract money from the students. The government said that college managements should not charge fee from the students who were designated with star mark, as they were eligible for FAST scheme. “Although the government had clearly stated that colleges should not take fee from students. But several colleges are harassing the star designated students on the name of fee,” J Nirajan, state secretary, ABVP, said.
A member of Telangana Engineering and Professional College Managements Association agreed that a few colleges were charging fee. “So far the government did not reimburse last year arrears which amounts to Rs 1,350 crore. How can the colleges run without money?” he questioned.
The Telangana State Council of Higher Education chairman, Prof. T Papi Reddy said that the government would pay the arrears. “If they can’t wait they can shut down their business,” Reddy warned.
He said that in a meeting with education minister and other officials, he had already briefed about the situation. “An appropriate action would be initiated against the colleges who harass the students,” he added.