K M Dayashankar
Some private engineering colleges announcing free education, free hostel and transport and also cell phones as gifts
They are giving cash incentive of Rs 20,000 for the student for getting admitted in a particular engineering college
After admission of students, they were collecting various other fees
Students told to take an undertaking from managements stating that free education is provided till completion of 4-year course
KARIMNAGAR: Some private engineering college management’s ‘avarice’ to make fast bucks by cashing on the government fee reimbursement scheme is proving ‘malice’ for the student community with poor and degrading professional education in the integrated Karimnagar district.
Even before the conduct of the EAMCET examination, the majority of private engineering colleges in the erstwhile Karimnagar district have launched their recruitment process by luring the ‘gullible’ students and their parents by appointing the faculty members as ‘PROs’ and ‘consultants’, who have already started visiting the students’ houses in various parts of the district and making ‘tall claims’ about their colleges and announcing several freebies including free education, hostel, cellular phone and cash incentive of Rs 20,000.
Along with the private engineering colleges faculty members, some of the government teachers were also working as ‘consultants’ for the commissions offered by the managements to lure the students with the promise of free education and other sops. It is learnt that some of the private engineering colleges were offering Rs 5,000 as commission for each admission to the ‘consultants and PROs’.
Though the private colleges announce complete free education, they start collecting various other fees such as library cess, caution deposit etc after enrolment of students in the first year itself. Later, from the second year onwards, the managements collect all the fees from the students and there is no free education.
Karimnagar Consumer Council activist R Chandra Prabhakar alleged that some private engineering colleges were trapping the students by announcing several freebies and sops. They had literally converted the education into a business by cashing on the fee reimbursement scheme by resorting to unethical practices and degrading the quality of education, he alleged.
Lok Satta udyama samstha leader P Nagamohan opined that the parents and the students should collect an undertaking from the private engineering colleges stating that they would not collect any type of fees till the completion of the four-year course before joining such colleges. He also urged the authorities to check the unethical practices of some private engineering colleges resorting to cheap tricks to lure the students by appointing agents and providing them with commissions like the doctors do with the RMPs and PMPs in the integrated Karimnagar district.