Jammu, February 11: U4UVoice had recently brought your attention towards how joining a coaching institute was an ineffective exercise. These coaching institutes charge a bomb (in table) and the hit percentage of a student entering a prestigious institute is a mere 5-10 percent of total students.
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Now in a survey done by the national daily, the Tribune, staggering figures of tuition fee charged by the famous coaching institutes have come out in the open showing how the state education department has failed to keep a check on the tuition fee being charged by the private coaching centres in state. These coaching centres have become money spinners for the owners of the institutes and teachers who are working there as well.
There are more than 100 of these institutes that have grown like mushrooms at the nook and corner of Jammu city that offer coaching for several competitive exams other than regular studies. During a normal academic session, each coaching institute comprises hundreds of students whose parents are being looted in the name of tuition fee in the absence of any concrete policy formulated by the authorities for these institutes.
The survey by the Tribune shows the ridiculous amount of money being charged by these private institutes in Jammu to prepare students for competitive exams. Surprisingly, the fee has been raised to over 400 to 500 percent in the last 10 years only because there is no check on their functioning. What is shocking, however, is that there is no guarantee of result delivery and yet parents feel compelled to get their children admitted to these institutes fearing for their future.
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The study also reveals that a tutorial near the Police Lines, Gandhi Nagar called Bansal Classes charge over Rs 90,000 from a student of medical course for one academic session. The fee for similar course in Aakash tutorials, Gandhi Nagar and Phonex tutorials at Trikuta Nagar is around Rs 84,000.
Besides, the famous Mastermind Classes charges over Rs 1 lakh per candidate for IIT classes while it has fixed Rs 70,000 per candidate for the medical entrance exam.
These institutes has kept such exorbitant fee for their courses as the state education department has not issued any specific guidelines on their fee structure. However, a cell in the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir and Jammu has been constituted to keep a check on the functioning of these institutions but it is yet to show any desired results. A committee of Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, SSP, Jammu, and Chief Education Office (CEO) has also been constituted to monitor their functioning.
The Deputy Commissioner of Jammu, Simrandeep Singh has also admitted that the department is not keeping any check on these institutes and there is no specific guidelines on fee structure for them.