As the first round of admissions for junior colleges opened up two days ago, sending students into a flurry to bag seats of choice for themselves, a parent association has written to the deputy director of education (Pune) to bring uniformity in the fee structure for all the colleges. The association, which calls itself System Correction Movement, backed their demand following a Right to Information (RTI) report, which revealed that the state education department had fixed the fees for classes XI and XII 40 years ago.
While the fee has not been revised over the last four decades, colleges have been imposing hikes at their own will, which has led to a disparity in the fees of various institutes. The RTI has also revealed that in the last 40 years, no college has approached the state education department to revise the fees and bring uniformity, either. The association has underscored the subsequent unfair disparity in fees among the colleges.
Meenakshi Raut, deputy director, education, Pune, said, “We have received the letter from the parent association. It is true that the fee has not been revised in 40 years. We will hold a meeting where the fees of FYJC will be decided.”