Hyderabad : About 109 private junior colleges have shut shop and 62 colleges do not have affiliation from the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TS BIE) for the academic year 2018-19.
For grant of affiliation, 1,698 private junior colleges in the State had registered, out of which 1,313 were given permission for 2018-19. Of the 385 which did not get affiliation so far, 59 applications were pending before the Board and 42 at the District Intermediate Education Office, while 50 applications were with the government for approval for shifting.
Addressing the media here on Wednesday, BIE Secretary A Ashok said 63 colleges in Hyderabad, Medak and Ranga Reddy districts were above 15 metres of height, following which the Fire Department denied them No Objection Certificates, a condition mandatory for the affiliation. So the matter was referred to the State government, he said.
Fail to pay fee
“109 colleges who registered for affiliation did not pay the fee. These colleges have shut down and another 62 colleges did not get Board permission so far as they have various shortfalls,” he said.
Several colleges that did not get permission had failed to produce FDRs, sanitation and fire safety certificates, he said, adding that the last date to submit the required documents for affiliation was extended to June 20.
“The affiliation process is being done online in a transparent manner without giving any scope for corruption or favouritism. The managements which applied first were scrutinized and granted permission. Earlier, the affiliation process used to go on till October and November and this time it will be completed in June as the process started in December last,” Ashok said.
The Board secretary urged students and parents to enroll in colleges which have affiliation. “The affiliated colleges list has been placed on the Board website and it will be updated real time,” he said, adding that no new private junior college was given permission in the last four years.
The Board Secretary said about 33,481 students enrolled in government junior colleges in the first year so far and June 30 was the last date for the first phase of admissions. He said 404 government junior colleges were witnessing a 30 per cent increase in strength every year.
“There is now reverse migration from private to government junior colleges. This is because of the fact that the State government has provided all basic amenities, infrastructure, playgrounds, experienced teachers and more importantly performance in the Intermediate public examinations is making students join government junior colleges. This time too we have launched an admission campaign highlighting achievements of students in government junior colleges,” he said.