IMPHAL: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has urged the state government and Manipur Nursing Council to take steps for reduction in the course fees set by different private B.Ed colleges and nursing colleges for the current academic session and demanded the formation of a state level committee for fixing acceptable rates of fees at the earliest.
The publicity and information secretary of AMSU Lhunpao Lupheng in a statement said that the long period of COVID-19 lockdown has utterly affected the normal life and economy of the people in the state. In line with repeated appeals of the AMSU requesting the private schools having classes upto class XII either to exempt tuition fees altogether or collect minimal fees for the lockdown months, the state government had responded favourably by issuing an order instructing private schools not to charge tuition fees for the months of April, May and June, to collect 30 percent tuition fees with effect from July to the remaining academic months and to pay 50 percent salary of the staffs for the whole academic months. AMSU appreciates the state government for giving that order, it said.
Regarding the issues it has with B.Ed colleges, AMSU stated that the state has around 15 different B.Ed colleges. The State Government on August 12, 2015 issued an order allowing Government B.Ed colleges to charge maximum Rs. 30,000 as course fees while the private B.Ed colleges were advised to charge a maximum Rs. 68,000. However, different B.Ed colleges have defied the order by collecting inflated course fees in the range of Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1,20,000 as per their wishes.
The NCTE guidelines 2002 & 2010 clearly states that one state level committee for fixation of fees with not less than seven members should be constituted to monitor as to how fees are to be collected. As such, the state government should constitute such a committee at the earliest and monitor if the private colleges are following the prescribed guidelines properly, it demanded.
Referring to nursing colleges, AMSU said that students are pursuing different courses such as ANM/FHW, GNM, BSc Nursing, Post basic B.Sc Nursing, M.Sc Nursing etc in different institutions of the state. Students of the state have to invest a huge amount while pursuing the said courses outside. Around 20 nursing institutions currently operate in the state offering different courses, thus helping the economy of the state to some extent. However, the rules and regulations and fee structures to be followed by these nursing institutes which are recognized by the Indian Nursing Council and Manipur Nursing Council are not in place in the public domain or official website. President & Registrar Manipur Nursing Council should publicly clarify whether Manipur Nursing Council Act, 2005 & 2008 are still in force or not, it demanded while making a clear cut point on the need to cut back on the course fees.