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Welcome fee hike, wait for facilities

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Posted on: February 16, 2007

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-- Dr.P.R.Prasad, retired Prof & Head, Dept of Met Engg, BIT Sindri (Presently settled in Patna)

Welcome fee hike, wait for facilities

# Telegraph
February 16, 2007

Dhanbad, Feb. 15: Raising the tuition fees at BIT, Sindri, from Rs 152 to Rs 7,700 might have taken the government 57 long years but there is a feeling that it was long over-due. At NIT, Jamshedpur, the fees structure was raised three years ago and a student pays Rs 7,100 per semester as tuition fees. The fees is even higher at BIT, Mesra. What’s more, with education loans now available freely, the banks are more than willing to finance engineering students, if their bright enough, concurred both faculty members and students.

The decision invited some criticism from quarters who felt the government should have allowed private engineering colleges to raise the fees while continuing to subsidise Sindri. While the majority felt that low fees structure could be a deterrent to private engineering colleges from coming into the state.

Students at BIT, Sindri, actually have been paying Rs 35,000 in four years in their pursuit for a B.Tech degree. It offered possibly the cheapest engineering education in the country because the government college charged students only Rs 20,000 in four years while the remaining amount was collected by way of hostel, electricity and exam fees. What is more 36 per cent of the seats were reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes — and these students were required to pay half the fees paid by general category students. Even this fees was reimbursed by the welfare department.

P.S. Gupta, the dean of students’ welfare of ISM University said the hike is not abnormal and it had to happen. “In the ISM, the revision takes place every 10 years. It does not, therefore, give a sudden jerk to the fee structure. But 57 years is a long time and that is why the fees appears to have increased by 50 times,” he added.

But while students at Sindri do not mind the fees-hike, they wonder if the government would now improve infrastructure at the institute. They also hope that the government would streamline its procedures and ensure that poorer students do not have to wait till their second year to receive the due scholarship.
While Manish, a third year student, felt the hike to be reasonable, many students said that they opt for Sindri because of the low fees-structure. They no longer might find the structure so attractive.