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Education activists demand fees regulation in junior colleges at Mumbai

Education activists in Mumbai have complained that the colleges are charging higher fees than those approved by the government. The first merit list for the admissions of class 11 will be out on Monday, July 10 and the activists are still fighting over the fee charges.

The activists have alleged that the most colleges in the city are asking for more money in spite of what has been mentioned in the admissions manual given by the college. According to a report in Hindustan Times, a Pune-based non-government organisation (NGO) fighting to bring transparency to the admission process, colleges receiving government grants charge Rs 5,000 to 6,000 from each student. This is much more than Rs 300 prescribed by the government.

“Fees in aided institutes are fixed by the government because they get salary and non-salary grants from them,” said Vaishali Bafna, member of the NGO, who is one of the petitioners in a public interest litigation filed by them against the state education department.

“We have received complaints from several students last year that they were asked to pay more than what was mentioned in the manual when they approached the colleges for admission,” said Bafna to Hindustan Times.

The state education department did form a team to look into the complaints and also directed the schools to collect fees as per the government norms. However, there is no action plan as yet. The fees for the aided and the non-aided colleges and the courses also need to be kept under check. Currently, the difference between both the courses is quite big.

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