Staff Reporter

No convincing reply from management on fee return

A complaint lodged with DIG of police

Falling student strength cited reason for closure

ELURU: The fate of several students pursuing Bi.P.C and M.P.C courses in a corporate junior college hangs in balance due to its abrupt closure. The students and parents registered their strong protest at the college at Ramachandraraopet in the city on Sunday and Monday, leading to tense situation. They also lodged a complaint with Md. Hasan Reza, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Eluru range.

The college management has collected hefty amounts of fee from the students – Rs. 5,000 from each day scholar and Rs. 25,000 from hosteller. When a mob of students and parents stormed the college on Sunday seeking refund of the fee from the college authorities, there was virtually nobody from the management side in the office to give a convincing reply to the victims.

The students, who completed the two-year course and appeared for the examinations conducted by the Board of Intermediate Education, are running from the pillar to the post for study certificates. “The time is running out for admissions in the professional colleges. But there appears to be no signs of our college giving us transfer certificates,” a student bemoans. “I have completed first year Intermediate course in M.P.C. in the corporate college. When I entered the second year course, the management wound it up, shattering all my dreams about my future,” says Ashok Kumar of Gangannagudem in Dendulur mandal.

College claim

The college management claims to have arranged a tie-up with another city-based corporate college enabling its second year students to complete their course with the same fee without any hitch. But the students fear that they will be charged more in the new college as it has a higher fee structure.

Meanwhile, Tirupal, a spokesman of the corporate college said the increasing salary bill for the faculty -- touching Rs. 20 lakhs per year-- and dwindling student strength had forced the closure of the college.

The college of late lagged behind in the rank war, which obviously led to a steep fall in the student strength, he added.