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The complaint:

For the past few days, the engineering and medical colleges of Tamil Nadu have come under the scanner for collecting exorbitant capitation fees. Parents of the so-called “Aspiring” students have put forward a word of complaint and The Government has created a board to keep a check on all colleges to see to that the fee structure of the colleges is in accordance to the norms established by the government.

Why capitation fees?
When the issue of collecting capitation fees was raised, I was told that according to the Government norms, for students who enter a college through counseling, a maximum of only Rs 40,000 could be paid as tuition fees and another Rs30,000 for transport and other fees. Practically, none of the colleges can sustain with a mere 40000. Every college needs to have a good infrastructure, the most important criteria when it comes to choosing a college. They need to have sufficient classrooms, adequate lab facilities equipped with the latest technology. They need to have enough teaching and non teaching staff, of good caliber and intellect and they have to pay them well. Since most of the colleges are situated away from the city, they need to have buses running all over the city. They have to provide good buses; you need drivers and assistants for that. And then there are lots more, its not a simple task to run an institution. So apart from tuition fees they collect money for transport and development and many other criteria. This is what I was told.


The Real Scenario.
Let me just give an example. In Chennai, I can buy a saree for mere Rs 1000 or I can get it for a lavish sum of 3lakhs (you get it for even more!). But it is my choice to select whichever saree I want. The people selling it for a huge sum are not cajoling me into buying it. The ball is entirely in my court and it’s up to me to choose whichever I want.
This is exactly what is happening in the colleges today. I WILL NOT BLAME THE INSTITUTIONS. It’s the parents who are to be blamed. If their child studied well and secured a decent score, they’re happy with it and wait patiently for the counseling. But not everyone can get the top rank, right? So what happens to students who have not performed well? Their parents, who are ready to pay lakhs or even crores to enroll their wards in a good institution, approach the top-notch colleges, explain to them the situation , that they need a seat for their ward in that particular college because of its excellent infrastructure and good placement offers etc .and as a compensation they pay the college, a “little” more than the normal fee structure.(mind you…its anyone’s guess as to how much “little” is in this context.)
So are the colleges forcing the parents pay the money? Are they compelling everyone who comes to their office to pay the huge sum? It’s the parents who go, enquire and pay. And why do they do all this? They do it because their children have not performed well, but in spite of it they want their child to get into the best colleges. So how can we blame the colleges? I’m not trying to justify what the colleges are doing, but still is it fair on our part to blame them? So finally what happens is, in a class of around 60 you have just 20 or so students who come from counseling and the remaining through management. So obviously the quality and standard of education will go down. I would actually say it’s a loss for colleges in terms of ranking. A student who couldn’t perform well in the 12th grade, how will he be able to manage engineering or medical syllabus? Engineering is not an easy job and as for medicine, it goes without saying.
So I would say it’s only the parents’ mistake, forcing the children into going for engineering when they couldn’t manage a 12th standard exam. So Parents, please don’t force your kids to do what you like, allow them to choose they field they wish to specialize in.