Students feel high fees could deter them from joining the college of their choice
Students vying for seats in popular Pre-University (PU) colleges in the city are in for heartburn when they have a look at the fee structure. For, over the past few years, there has been a gradual, but discernible increase in the fees of several institutions with PU fees inching towards the degree fee slabs.
Enquiries about the fee structure at prominent private colleges threw up some startling results. It was found that the cost of the courses in the arts stream for economics, political science and sociology at the PU level were between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 23,800, while a similar course at the degree level would cost between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 17,000.
Similarly, in the Science stream for the subjects of physics, chemistry, maths and electronics, the fees ranged from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 29,000, while degree courses in the corresponding subjects would cost much lesser, ranging from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000. In the commerce stream, a similar trend persists, with PU courses costing between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 27,000 and degree courses costing between Rs. 27,000 to Rs. 35,000.
When The Hindu asked college authorities about the sky-high fees for PU courses, laboratory equipment costs, salary for teachers, maintenance costs and infrastructural expenditure were cited to be the considerations while formulating the fee.
Many parents who accompanied their children for the admission process were taken aback.
T.V Girish, a parent, said, “Education has become so expensive. I understand the need to increase prices of commodities but not education. There should be a fixed slab and the fees should be reasonable.”
Some parents said they were helpless. Glenn Abraham, another concerned parent, said, “Education is not something that can be compromised on. We do not have a choice other than complying with the fee announced by colleges.”
Students also shared a similar sentiment. Pavan. R. Reddy, an applicant, said, “High fees might prevent a student from getting into a college of his or her choice.”
The Department of Pre-University Education has established guidelines for both government-aided and private colleges to chalk out their fee structure. Rashmi Mahesh, Director of PU Education, said, “Although certain guidelines have been issued to private colleges, they have their own formula and criteria for establishing a fee structure.” She added that wide publicity to the existing guidelines has been given to deter private colleges from charging exorbitantly.