Hyderabad: The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education is likely to hike the exam fees for the Intermediate I and II exams next year. A proposal has reached Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari.
The exam fee is Rs 300 for theory and Rs 100 for practicals. The Inter Board pays about Rs 362 more for each student. The proposal is to hike the exam fee to Rs 350 from 2016, which will lighten the financial burden of the board by about Rs 2.5 crore.
Also, it has been nearly three years since an exam fee hike has been effected at the Inter Board level.
Sources said that with the division of the bifurcation of the BIE, the revenues, typically through college affiliations, have fallen drastically.
“The extra burden was compensated through affiliation fees received from colleges but it is very hard to maintain the revenue flow from just 10 districts,” sources said.
There is also a proposal to completely waive exam fees for students from government junior colleges. Their tuition fee has already been waived.
The small hike puts a question mark on the online evaluation system proposed by Mr Srihari last month. Sources said that the cost of online evaluation of the papers of each candidate would be Rs 180. This doesn’t seem to have factored in.
Dr P. Madhusudhan Reddy, president, TS Government Junior Lectures Association, said that exam fees for students in government colleges should be waived for the benefit of poor students....