Colleges ignore instruction on transparent display of fee in prospectus

Most of the arts and Science colleges have not apparently complied with the instruction of the Directorate of Collegiate Education that there has to be transparent exhibition of the fee structure for various courses in the prospectus.

The fee particulars do not figure in the prospectuses of various colleges including the long-standing ones, teachers' organisations say. While issuing the guidelines for admission of students to UG/PG courses in government/government aided/ university constituent/ self-financing colleges of arts and science for the academic year 2018-19, the Directorate of Collegiate Education had made it clear that the principal of the college and the admission committee consisting of two senior most teaching faculty, and a senior most co-opted member belonging to SC/ST will be responsible for any violations in this regard.

The guidelines are clear that admissions for aided courses must be conducted before enrolment of students for self-financing courses. But, according to representatives of teachers' organisations, the colleges make sure that there are enough students for the self-financed programmes during the process of admitting students to the aided programmes.

The guidelines framed by a Committee headed by the Director of Collegiate Education and consisting of Joint Director (Finance), Joint Director (Planning and Development), Assistant Director (Self-Financing Colleges), Directorate of Collegiate Education and Principals of various colleges were circulated to the colleges through the Regional Joint Directors of Collegiate Education.

According to sources in Bharathidasan University, the colleges easily circumvent the guidelines. For instance, they may not collect more than the amount specified as 'tuition fee' by the Directorate, per semester. But, the colleges maintain separate registers for collecting fee under infrastructure, library, laboratory, sports and so on. The prevailing practice is that the admitted students are directed to the heads of the departments to know about the amount they are required to pay in addition to the tuition fee specified by the Directorate of Collegiate Education.

In effect, the students end up paying more than double the amount specified as tuition fee for each semester, a senior professor of a long-standing arts and science college said on terms of anonymity.

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