Engineering Colleges can’t hike fees midway: Srihari

Deputy Chief Minister (Education) Kadiam Srihari today expressed concern over the managements of engineering colleges failing to abide by a decision against hiking the fees. “This is absolutely sheer violation of norms as the colleges moved courts to hike fees in the middle of academic year”, he charged.

Speaking at a program of School Leaders of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) JNTU here, Srihari advised the engineering colleges to stop such malpractices. “These colleges have agreed to a decision of Fees Control Committee that they will not hike the fees”, he said. He extended all support to KGBVs and asked the staff to excel with persistent efforts for standards.

Srihari said the government had rejected the colleges’ plea to hike the fees structure through a GO. Since the hike will cause much inconvenience to the parents in the midway, the government denied permission, he said. The engineering colleges should not hike the fees as it will embarrass the parents and the government, he said. He also said the engineering colleges should desist from violating norms. “They can hike the fees by getting approval from Fees Control Committee next academic year”, he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the State Government filed a petition on court directive to engineering colleges. The matter will be discussed in the meeting of the Fees Control Committee and take a decision on moving court, he added. (NSS)