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Govt eye on BEd course fee

Calcutta Sept. 24: Most of the private BEd colleges in Bengal charge higher fees from students than what they should, education minister Bratya Basu said on the floor of the Assembly today.

“It is a matter of concern the way private BEd colleges are increasing their fees, inconveniencing students. The fees are so high in some colleges that they are beyond the reach of common people,” Basu said.

The minister was replying to a question of Trinamul Congress MLA Manturam Pakhira, who wanted to know in a supplementary question the state government’s plan to ensure quality education, particularly regarding the maintaining of a healthy student-teacher ratio in the newly set up colleges in Bengal.

The minister announced that a string of measures to streamline BEd education would be taken.

He said that the measures would include the introduction of a uniform fee structure for private BEd colleges.

“We have decided to set up a fee structure committee that will monitor the fees of private BEd colleges and revise the fees from time to time when there is need for any revision,” said Basu.

At present, the government has a fee structure committee for private engineering colleges headed by a retired judge that monitors and revises the fees of students of private engineering colleges.

“The proposed fee structure committee for private BEd colleges will be set up on the lines of the one present for private engineering institutions,” Basu said.

Education department sources said that for example the proposed committee for private BEd colleges might be headed by a retired judge.

Basu also said: “We are examining the facilities that are being provided to the students by the private BEd colleges.”

An education depart official said that the facilities provided by the private BEd colleges must match with the fees they are charging. “The committee is aimed bring about an uniform fee structure in private B.Ed colleges. So, we have to ensure that the facilities provided by the private B.Ed college are similar,” said the official.