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City colleges defy PU guidelines on fee structure

Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, September 19, 2013
First Published: 20:35 IST(19/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:36 IST(19/9/2013)

Most of the city colleges affiliated to Panjab University are not following the varsity guidelines on fee structure, salary structure and other benefits to their staff. The colleges had been directed to charge fee under the approved heads only and carry the information in their prospectuses.
 
In a meeting held on June 21, 2013, a 13-member committee had decided that colleges found charging more fee than the approved would face strict action.

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Talking to Hindustan Times, RS Jhanji, syndicate and senate member and principal of AS College, said, "For the past many years, BCom is under the self-financing courses and it is very difficult to run the course at fee finalised by the university, as we have to pay salary according to PU norms. I will raise this issue in the coming syndicate meeting scheduled for September 21."

Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management in the city is still following the fee structure of 2012. RL Behl, principal of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, said, "Ours is a self-financed unaided college and PU norms are applicable on us. We don't get aid from government. So, we have our own fee structure."

However, the college is affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh since 2004 and the varisty orders were meant for all affiliated colleges.

As per the PU directions, the fee for the BCom course was fixed at `15,000. Colleges were earlier charging `22000 and university charges.

Parveen Kaur Chawla, principal of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, who is also a senate member, said, "I have been the member of the committee to review for revision of the existing fee structure and I had pointed out that it would be very difficult for the colleges to pay salary to the teachers. I will raise the issue again in the next meeting scheduled for September 29."

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