Mangaluru: Students Islamic Organization of India Condemns Fee Hike in Professional Colleges

Mangaluru: Ismail Afham- District president of Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) addressing the media persons during the press meet held at Mangalore Press Club said, ” Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), Karnataka has released alternative “Karnataka Professional Colleges Model Act” and strongly condemns the fee hike in professional Courses. Students joining engineering courses through Common Entrance Test (CET) had received a major jolt because of a proposed fee hike of about 35% in private unaided engineering colleges”.

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“This came about after an consensual agreement between the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA) and the State Government, where KUPECA had their way, which resulted in fee hike this academic year i.e 2015/2016 and more importantly it has opened door for differential fee structure in future, if an amendment in “The Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (regulation of admission and determination of fee) ACT 2006” is made. We can see that there is a distinct trend of favouring and supporting the management (even some call it corporates) is developing. If we analyse the seat sharing ratio of government vs. management seats from 1994/1995 to the present day, it has drastically reduced from 85 (Govt): 15 (Management) to 45 (Govt): 55 (Management)” he added..

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Thalha Ismail- Zonal Advisory Council Member, and Mishab Bengre- City President-SIO Mangaluru said, “The new fee structure for private unaided engineering colleges has been hiked from Rs 33,000 to Rs 45000 rupees and Rs 38000 to Rs 50000. The colleges opting for Rs 45000 fee can charge upto 1.5 lakh rupees for comedk seat and likewise opting for Rs 50,000 fee can only charge 1.1 lakh rupee per comedk seat. There is also information that comedk Medical fee will be hiked to Rupees 3.8 lakh from Rupees 3.5 lakh and Dental comedk Seat will cost 2.6 lakh compared to 2.5 lakh previous year. This kind of hike is uncalled for and will cause serious financial concern for students joining the course”.

“Further confusion has been created by conflicting statements of secretary of KUPECA & Higher education minister R V Deshpande. While secretary of KUPECA said these above said fees excludes university and other fees whereas Minister says that these fees includes university and other fees and in the meantime VC of VTU said “every year the university fee of Rs 3090 is collected separately and that is not included with the tuition fee”. Thus, SIO requests government to provide clarity on this matter immediately to avoid further chaos and confusion among students. SIO believes that the students are the assets of the country and not weak helpless victims, who can be exploited”.

“Thus, students should be treated with proper dignity and should have access to affordable professional education. So we strongly condemn this move and thus demand immediate withdrawal of proposed fee hike and reanalysis of same. Alternatively, we are proposing model act in this regard, named “KARNATAKA PROFESSIONAL COLLEGES MODEL ACT” to properly regulate this. This act covers all the structural flaws present in the present act and alternatively presents a fully working module, including fee regulatory body, seat sharing ratios, admission procedure for completely smooth functioning of the process”.

The “Karnataka Professional Colleges Model Act” brochure was released during the press meet. Dr Zainuddeen Muhammed- Joint Secretary -SIO, DK was also present on the dais.

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