Students seeking admissions in BEd course in self-financed colleges in the state will have to shell out more money to secure admission in these colleges as the Federation of Self-Financed Colleges of Education (registered) Punjab has now decided to increase the admission fee in the course by Rs 18,000.
Earlier students seeking admission in BEd course from a self-financed college had to pay Rs 49,000 but from now on, they have pay Rs 67,000 annually, which is around 36% fee hike.
Talking to HT, SP Bansal, chairman, Federation of SelfFinanced Colleges of Education, said, “We have been waiting for the state government’s nod to hike the fee structure for the last four years but to no avail. So we decided to knock the door of Supreme Court. After getting approval from the apex court, we have decided to hike the fee structure.”
He also added that though the federation had sent a representation to the state government for a fee hike, no notification was issued by the state government in this regard.
When asked that could colleges increase the fee structure without the consent of the state government, he added that they had already got the approval from Supreme Court.
“There are around 21,000 seats in BEd course in self-financed colleges in the state, of which, over 25% of the seats were left vacant in 2013. The situation is not good as now students have to clear teacher eligibility test (TET) after doing BEd.”
“Also students now prefer technical courses over vocational or BEd courses due to the job security, whereas after doing the BEd, there is no surety of a job,”he added.
There are total 144 colleges that come under Federation of Self-Financed Colleges of Education in Punjab. Till now only 10,000 students have applied for the course.
The last date for admission through online is June 28 and the choice of filling of colleges by paying non-refundable counselling fee in the shape of e-cash coupon available in BEd colleges is June 28. The provisional merit list will be out on June 30 while the final merit list will be out by July 2.
A student Garima Chopra said, “My sister, who is a teacher in a government school, did her BEd eight years ago for just Rs 25,000. Now if I want to pursue the course, it will cost me more than double the fee she paid. Students belonging to poor families will not be able to pursue the course now.”