The Punjab government has proposed 33 per cent hike in the tuition fee in government and private engineering colleges across the state. The students pursuing the technical courses in government and private colleges need to pay more fee from the coming academic session.
Some sources said a three-member committee headed by Chief Secretary SC Agarwal has proposed that the current tuition fee of Rs. 45,000 per students per year should be hiked to Rs. 60,000 for technical degree courses approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
The committee has also made a similar kind of recommendation for all diploma courses in which the fee is expected to increase. Presently, the fee for the diploma course Rs. 19,000 per annum and it is about to increase upto Rs. 25,000 per annum. Sources also mentioned that the fee to be paid by the students is expected to increase more as the government has authorised Punjab Technical University (PTU) to fix any other charges gathered by the colleges beyond the tuition fee. This kind of fee hike will increase the burden on the pockets of students who are pursuing the technical and engineering courses in the state. The committee has sent its report to the respective department for the final approval.