Taking up the issue of exorbitant prices being charged by city colleges for the prospectus during admissions each year,members of Student Federation of India (SFI) have decided to file a writ petition in the Panjab and Haryana High Court to direct colleges to fix a uniform and reasonable price for the prospectuses of all the colleges and take action against erring colleges from the next academic session.
Campus incharge of SFI Prabhpreet Singh said,The prospectus for admission to any of the city colleges costs not less than Rs 400,and this has been increasing each year,with some of the colleges even charging Rs 700,which is adding to the financial burden on the parents of students seeking admissions.
It is to be noted that at the onset of the current academic session (2013-14),MCM College for Women,Sector-39 charged the highest amount Rs 650 per prospectus followed by Dev Samaj College for Women,Sector 45,which charged Rs 600.
A prospectus has just one admission form and rest of the pages are all filled with visuals, said Singh,adding that the forms available online should at least be priced reasonably.
As per norms laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC),the cost of the prospectus should be equivalent to the expenditure incurred on it. The members of the student body alleged that the colleges are flouting these guidelines.
Students from all across the region seek admissions in these colleges. But with high cut-offs and relatively less fewer seats,parents insist on buying prospectuses of all the colleges. With the prospectus being sold at such exorbitant prices,it not only becomes difficult but also impossible for some parents to buy them, Singh said. This is not only preventing many students from their right to education,but also pointing towards a much dangerous trend of commercialisation of education.
Therefore,we have decided to file a petition in Punjab and Haryana High Court much in advance,so that by the next academic session,there is just and uniform price of prospectus of all the colleges, Singh added.
While,GGDSD College,Sector-32 charged Rs 500 per prospectus,SGGS College,Sector-26 charged Rs 550 and DAV College,Sector-10 charged Rs 450 per prospectus.