UoP in ‘dark’ about GR that restricts price of college prospectus to Rs 20: RTI reply

PuneUoP’s RTI department said the varsity has not stipulated any fee to be charged by colleges towards prospectus. file

The University of Pune (UoP) has been in the 'dark' about the Government Resolution (GR) that prohibits affiliated colleges from charging not more than Rs 20 towards prospectus during admissions every year, an RTI reply has revealed.

Importantly, the GR — which has been in place for more than a decade now — was issued following directives of the Bombay High Court pertaining to admissions in colleges offering higher education.

Youth activist Siddharth Sharma had filed an RTI application with the university last month, enquiring about its rules and regulations, if any, to regulate fees charged by colleges towards prospectus. In reply, the RTI department of UoP said the varsity has not stipulated any cost to be charged by colleges towards prospectus sold to students.

"It is mandatory for colleges to follow the court directives and therefore they should not charge more than Rs 20 towards admission fees and prospectus together," the GR reads, asking the universities in Maharashtra to bring to the notice the upper limit of Rs 20 to affiliated colleges and ensure its strict compliance.

The ignorance expressed by the UoP towards the GR, which goes in favour of students and parents, has resulted in unauthorised money transactions running into crores.

"The reply furnished by the UoP to the RTI application is shocking and outrageous. It clearly shows that the university is in dark about the government directives that aim at protecting the interests of students and parents. In the absence of desired implementation of the GR, scores of students and their parents are getting financially exploited at the hands of money-minded educational institutions," he said.

V B Gaikwad, director of UoP's Board of College and University Development (BCUD), denied ignorance on the part of university about the GR. "All colleges that receive grant from the government have to keep in mind that they cannot overcharge students while selling prospectus, and the fee should not be more than Rs 20. I would not comment on the reply the RTI cell has furnished. Students can contact the post-graduate department of BCUD if they are asked by colleges to pay more," he said.

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