Hyderabad: With admission counselling around the corner, the chances of a tuition fee hike for the engineering, pharmacy and other professional programmes offered by the private colleges appear bleak this academic year.
The fee for unaided professional colleges is revised every three years and the last fee revision was effected for the block period 2016-2019. A revision for the block period 2019-2022 is due this year but with the Telangana Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (TFRC) being headless, questions are raised on the revision process.
The fee revision is based on the expenditure incurred by the managements for the last two years and projected expenditure for next block period. It has to be revised by a committee which is headed by a retired judge, but the post has been lying vacant since the completion of tenure of last chairman, Justice P Swaroop Reddy, in August, 2018.
The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) on behalf of TFRC invited colleges to apply for fee revision and received 1,248 applications. In fact, the auditing work of engineering and pharmacy courses has been completed.
“Anticipating appointment of the chairman, the work for revising fee has been initiated. But so far, there is no word on the chairman’s appointment and even if the government appoints, the revision cannot be done as admission counselling is likely to commence in June last week,” an official said.
According to authorities, the government may hike fee by 5 per cent to 10 per cent directly without going into the records submitted by the colleges, if chairman was not appointed.
Earlier in a representation submitted by the Telangana Engineering and Professional College Management’s Association (TEPCMA) to the TSCHE, the association had appealed to increase the tuition fee by 30 per cent.