Education seems to have become a business and private nursing colleges are fleecing the students by allegedly charging sky-high fees from them.
There are around 17 private nursing colleges in the district under Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and most of them are taking hefty fees from the students. It has been found that colleges are admitting students and are taking huge money in the name of various charges – tuition fee, transportation charges, clinical fees, funds, unreasonable fines, and much more.
Shockingly, it is also reported that many of the colleges also take hostel charges from those students who are day scholars and do not wish to live in hostels.
It has also come to the notice that most of the colleges have not even mentioned the fee structure in the prospectus and in the column of fee structure, it is written: ‘Fees as per government notification’.
As per the information available, the department of medical education and research has fixed an amount of Rs 40,250 per student annually in BSc nursing and general nursing and midwifery (GNM) courses, excluding hostel and mess fee, whereas private colleges are charging fees starting from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh per year for BSc nursing and from Rs 65,000 to Rs 85,000 per year for the GNM course.
There is only one government college in Jalandhar district that too offers only GNM course and takes Rs 35,000 per year from the students, which is much less than what the private colleges are charging.
When the HT reporter talked to the students, they did not even know clearly that they were paying such a huge amount. It is also reported that a private college organises personality development classes and charges ‘extra’ Rs 1,100 from the students per month.
“We only know that we are giving them around one lakh per year, and if we ask anything from college authorities, we are told to concentrate on work and take care of assessment,” said a student.
The parents feel cheated as they say that, at the time of admission, they are asked to pay fees according to the prescribed fee structure, but later on they continue to collect charges in the name of other various funds.
Parents of a girl student, who is pursuing GNM course, said, “We had to take loans to pay hefty fees. We are now waiting for the completion of our child’s course.”
Sources on the department said some of the colleges did not even issue any receipt while charging extra fees and some do not even have proper strength of the teachers.
In the name of conducting inspection, different government officials visit these institutions, but no one ever tries to contact the students to know about their grievances.