Hyderabad: Telangana Degree colleges, PG colleges, Junior colleges and engineering colleges are still waiting for fee reimbursements, amounting to Rs 1,215 crore, for academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Thousands of students were suffering as the colleges were denying them their certificates until the dues were cleared by the state government, students and college management associations alleged.
Mr Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, General Secretary, Telangana Degree and PG College Management said “Due to delay in fee reimbursements in degree and PG colleges, we are unable to pay salaries to our staff due to which they are showing less interest in teaching which is affecting the quality of education. Many teachers have already resigned. This is the reason why hundreds of degree colleges were closed and witnessed few or zero enrollments. We are also tired of running the colleges without fee reimbursements’’.
Mr Gouri Satish, KG to PG JAC Convenor, said “The college managements are not in a position to run the colleges because our dues are high we are not in a position to pay salaries for staff members. Also we are unable to pay the building rent. That is why we are requesting the government to kindly release the amount to save the Degree, PG, Junior colleges and Engineering colleges in Telangana”.
Mr Goutam Rao, president,Telangana engineering college management association, said “About 900 crore fee reimbursements are pending with the government, affecting students and managements. The students have completed their degrees and we have kept their degrees on hold because we don’t know when we will receive the funds from the government. We are unable to pay salaries to college staff as since the last three months the government has not released even a single rupee”.
J. Dileep, Hyderabad City Secretary ABVP said, “About Rs 2,000 crore is pending for all the colleges in the state. This is affecting the student community because a majority of the engineering and degree students depends on scholarships and fee reimbursements. Also students are not able to get their certificates as the colleges are not releasing their certificates due to the delay.”...