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Dream to become techie gets costlier

- Tuition fee per semester doubles for NIT’s engineering course students

Students taking admission in National Institute of Technology (NIT) this year would have to pay more than their seniors.

The per semester (six-month) tuition fee at NITs has been hiked to Rs 35,000 from Rs 17,500 last year. A student would now have to pay Rs 70,000 as tuition fee a year, double the amount their seniors paid.

NIT-Patna director Asok De said: “The decision to increase the tuition fee for students taking admission in BTech/BArch programme of the institute was taken in the seventh meeting of the NIT council.”

The new fee structure would be same at all NITs. Apart from the tuition fee, the other charges increased include development fee and medical fee.

Till last year, a fresher at NIT-Patna had to pay Rs 32,600 in the first semester, excluding hostel and mess charge, which has been revised to Rs 56,200 in first semester of the 2014-15 session.

Gyan Shankar Singh, a passout of NIT-Patna, said: “For the four-year engineering course, I had to pay Rs 1.63 lakh as tuition and other fees, excluding hostel and mess charges. The same course would now cost a student more than Rs 3.2 lakh, excluding hostel and mess charges.”

Sources said though the fee was hiked in NITs from this academic session, the same in IITs took place last year. Studying at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) was made expensive by Rs 40,000 per annum from the last academic session.

Last year, the council of IITs decided to increase the annual tuition fee for undergraduate students to Rs 90,000 from Rs 50,000.

The per semester tuition fee at IIT-Patna is Rs 45,000 — Rs 10,000 more than that in NITs. Sources said though there was a gap of Rs 10,000 in the semester fee of IIT-Patna and NIT-Patna, the overall fee structure at the two cradles remains the same.

Students have to pay much more for taking admission in private engineering colleges such as Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra) Patna campus. At BIT-Patna, the tuition fee is Rs 69,000 per semester but a student has to pay Rs 1.14 lakh at the time of taking admission for the first semester. The overall fee includes tuition, development, hostel and other expenses.

Before 2013, the fee in IITs was revised in the 2008-09 academic session. For NITs, the fee revision came after a gap of six years.

Sources said prior to fee revision, IIT spent Rs 2.25 lakh per annum per student, while NIT spent Rs 2 lakh per annum per student. Moreover, like IITs, NITs too offer a fee waiver for students belonging to SC/ST categories. They have to pay only hostel and mess charges.


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