The fees for professional and technical courses is set to soon see a hike. Not only will the fees be hiked, it will be with retrospective effect, which means the hike will be applicable to even those students who enrolled for these courses in 2009.
This rise will come into force in spite of the fee hike the students already had to bear last year.
The Shikshan Shulk Samithi decided this fee hike, as it does every year, at a meeting held in June.
The fees for all professional and technical courses — including degree and diploma courses as well — will see a 7% increase across boards under the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
The government resolution (GR) to the effect was issued a few day back according to which, if a student paid Rs1 lakh as fees, he will now be forced to pay a fee of Rs1.7 lakh. Therefore, those students who had taken admission in the academic year of 2009-10 will have to pay the increased fees for all academic years after that.
The DTE of the higher and technical education department runs several degree and diploma courses under various streams such as engineering, polytechnics, pharmacy and hotel management among others, and the fee hike will be applicable to all of these courses.
Students, however, feel that the fee hikes is a burden on them as they are already paying an increased fees when they take admission and later have to bear with the increase in fees in the middle of their term or in the first term itself.
The Shikshan Shulkh Samithi (loosely translated as the education fee committee) was formed in 2003 to take decisions on the fee of courses run by unaided institutions that run courses in the technical, pharmacy and business streams among others.
The committee is headed by a retired judge and decides on what should be the fee of courses run under the DTE.