The students have resorted to meeting the governor of Andhra Pradesh E S L Narasimhan because they were unable to garner any respite even after talking to the university vice-chancellor about the illegitimate collection of money, which they allege is rampant in colleges. They had earlier even met the chairman of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education.
The alleged illegal activity, the students claim, continues under the pretext of mini and major projects that students have to complete in their third and fourth years in the college. While as per rulebook the tuition fees is inclusive of everything and collection of any extra money for projects is illegal, students accuse colleges of charging anywhere between 3,000 and 14, 000 for these projects.
Students Speak Up
"Ever after the vice chancellor directed the colleges to refund the fee collected in the name of mini/major projects, the colleges did not oblige," said Shaik Owaise, a 3rd year B Tech student who brought the matter to light by floating a petition on Change.org. Owaise said that while his college, following the VC's directive, agreed to refund the money of students in my department (civil engineering), they refused to extend the same benefit to the rest of the departments. Owaise's online petition that has so far gathered 216 signatures highlights how this illegality runs deeps with colleges simply giving marks to students against a certain project fee. A few other colleges, the petition claims, collect a project fee to allocate specific projects to students.Mini and major projects carry 50 and 200 marks respectively.
Attention is Pointed to the Incident
Owaise started this petition in the month of February, but the issue got highlighted only after Telangana MP K Kavitha enquired about the same on twitter last week. The petition was addressed to Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, education minister Kadiyam Srihari, special chief secretary Ranjeev R Acharya.