Hyderabad: Forum Against Corruption (FAC) filed a petition with Telangana Commissioner of Collegiate Education and Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) on Thursday against excess fee collected by St Joseph Degree and PG College in King Koti area. FAC alleged that the college is collecting Rs 35,500 for BBA course when it is supposed to charge only Rs 12,000 as per government fee structures.

Similarly, the college has been collecting Rs 46,300 for BCom General instead of Rs 8,000 as per Degree Online Services Telangana (DOST) official portal. FAC members have requested the Commissioner of Collegiate Education (CCE) and TSCHE to take action against the college authorities. The members further alleged that the college claims that they are autonomous, allowing them to collect fees in their terms. The state/university-regulated fee structure does not apply to autonomous institutions.

Reportedly, the college appears in the DOST portal, which essentially means that the management is required to adhere to the norms of the TSCHE and its fee regulations, FAC said.

Replying to the RTI filed by Vijay Gopal, Joint Secretary of UGC said that the college is supposed to collect fees prescribed by the University/ State Govt. The Joint Secretary also suggested Vijay complain to concerned University and the state government with all relevant documents.

Vijay, the founder of Forum Against Corruption (FAC), told NewsMeter, “We had issued a legal notice to the college management via email. We have asked them to share any document allowing them to charge fees in their terms. If they don’t have those documents, then they should stop the collection of excess fees. However, the college authorities have not yet replied to the mail. We also marked TSCHE officials in the mail.”

The college collects from Rs 45,000 to Rs 75,000 for different courses. Vijay said that the CCE should confirm under what grounds these colleges have an exception if they have any. “The CCE should also be aware of the college’s revenue and expenditure. Who gave the college authorities the exception, if they have any?”

Professor R Limbadri, Convenor DOST, speaking to NewsMeter, said, “We will take action against the college if we get proper representation along with proper evidence.”

Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

4 comments on "Hyderabad : Activists allege St. Joseph’s college of collecting excess fees"

  • I am from St Joseph’s degree college
    Actually they are collecting from me
    120000/per annum .They were saying that we are collaboration with IBM TO TEACH BUSINESS ANALYTICS TOOLS OF IBM. Actually that was not up to mark. To teach about a COMPANY’S TOOL THE WAS CHARGING MONEY OR COLLEGE WAS CHARGING THAT MONEY . I DON’T KNOW. BUT THESE IS NOT FAIR.MANY OF OUR SENIORS ARE ALSO STRUGGLING WITH THE MANAGEMENT.

  • I have passed out from the same college..and i dont feel they’re charging more fee. and it’s completely upto you to join there. They give complete fee instructions before admission in the college and you sign the documents after reading their term’s and conditions. so there’s no point on crying for more or less fee.. In HYD they are many institution who charge according to govt fee structure you can happily join there instead of crying here.

  • St joseph is very nice college i dont feel so they ,re charging fee if have any problem with college join other college there many college in hyd but dont blame to st joseph college from my kg to pg i have completed in joseph and it has good name so dont blame it

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