VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has clarified that there was no question of going back on fee reimbursement scheme and the government is all set to release its third quarter next month. Andhra Pradesh is the only state to reimburse tuition fee to 87 per cent of students pursuing higher education, the Council said.
APSCHE chairman P. Hemachandra Reddy said that nearly Rs 4,000 crore was paid by way of reimbursement under Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Jagananna Vasathi Deevena. Refuting allegations about non-payment of fee reimbursement, he explained that Rs 1,880 crore was paid as arrears for the 2018-19 academic year, Rs 2,200 crore for 2019-20 and Rs 770 crore for senior students as fee reimbursement.
Reddy said since November 30, 2019, the government has taken the responsibility of offering quality higher education to students across streams. He mentioned that unlike the earlier government, the YSRC government has ensured complete fee reimbursement under Jagananna Vidya Deevena, besides providing up to Rs 20,000 as scholarship for degree and PG students.
Reddy said that around Rs 670 crore was credited into the accounts of a student's mother in the first quarter and Rs 693.27 crore in the second quarter. He announced that for the third quarter of the academic year, the government has decided to provide reimbursement in November instead of October.
With regard to payment of fee to colleges, the APSCHE chairman said that in the first quarter 91.2 per cent of mothers paid the fee while in the second quarter only 42.2 per cent paid the fees. However, all of them would clear pending fees, he said....