Higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra had recently announced the opening of as many as 13 colleges in the state. Five of them with minimal fees, are ready to open and wil be affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU). The colleges will be opened one each in Phillaur, Nakodar, Kishankot, Sujanpur and Pathankot.
Students of these cities, completing their senior secondary classes, will not have to pay high fees in private colleges as they will be having an opportunity to study in the colleges that will be charging minimal fees.
As per information, three courses will be introduced from this academic year in these colleges. Courses include Bachelor in Arts (BA), Bachelor in Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Science in economics (BSc economics).
The admissions for these colleges will be started from June 20. Eligibility of students will be according to the university norms.
The students will have to pay the fees in two installments. It is reported that from the next academic session, new courses like Bachelor of Science (Bsc) will be introduced in the colleges.
With the opening of these colleges, GNDU will have a total of 9 government colleges under it. Other degree colleges are being run in Jalandhar city, Mukandpur, Mithra, Sathiala, Patti, Chung, Narot Jaimal Singh, and Niari.
One of the students from government school Jalandhar, who has just completed Class 12, said that with the coming of the new colleges, they will be having a very good option to study.
“To pay heavy fees in private colleges had become a matter concern for me and my family. But opening of these colleges will help students like us to study,” he added.
Ajaib Singh Brar, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University said that the colleges are ready to open soon. He further informed that four colleges will be opened under Punjabi University and two under Punjab University.
Brar added, “Fee structure of the colleges will definitely encourage rural students and those students, who cannot afford to pay high fees. The university will make sure that the colleges meet every requirement of the students.”