The state government has failed to take action against private professional colleges which have been collecting excess fee from the students who were selected for undergraduate courses after clearing the common entrance test (CET) conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).
The KEA received complaints about the colleges charging excess fees than what it has stipulated. Some students surrendered their seats as colleges were demanding excess fees. After the media highlighted the issue, the government warned that severe action would be taken against such colleges. But the colleges continued to harass students.
As per KEA’s schedule, Friday was the last day for students to report to the colleges concerned in the casual vacancy round. Many students approached the authority seeking action against colleges for collecting excess fee even during this round.
Confirming this, KEA officials said: “We have received complaints. We have submitted a report to the government.”
When the colleges collected excess fees in the first round, both the higher education minister and the medical education minister warned that the affiliation of these colleges would be withdrawn, but so far no action has been taken against any of these erring colleges.
“The government’s negligence shows that the colleges are supported by the government itself. It is really unfortunate that the government does not have any concern for the students,” a KEA official said.
The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has already been directed to take action against the erring technical institutions and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) asked to do so against medical institutions. The VTU issued a circular to the colleges warning that their affiliation would be withdrawn if they collected excess fees, but RGUHS did not issue a
According to KEA officials, of the 190 engineering colleges in the state, 50% have been violating the consensual agreement signed between state government and private professional colleges by collecting excess fee.
Higher education department officials said they would issue notices to such colleges soon.
“We will issue notices to the colleges which are demanding higher fees. The notice will be issued through VTU and those will reach the colleges by Monday. We will also forward a complaint to All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE),” said an official.
Courtesy: DNA INDIA