Several parents from personal colleges throughout town are planning to put in writing to the state training division complaining towards a personal company for providing them “discounts” on college fees.
Parents stated they have been approached by Pride Group, a personal company that claimed to have a tie-up with the state authorities and promised to pay 50% of the fees on the behalf of parents.
“The company said they would give us discounts depending on the fee that our school charged. In return, we were asked to pay Rs. 2500 to the personal account of one of their heads,” stated the mother or father of a Vile Parle primarily based college. Parents have been additionally requested to submit a number of paperwork just like the Aadhar card, copies of their youngster’s college calendar, images, and so forth.
Anil Sabale, deputy director of training for the Mumbai area stated the training division would give out a disclaimer on all its web sites stating that it had nothing to do with this company. “We will do so after we see the complaints filed by parents. Meanwhile we urge parents not to fall for such traps,” he added.
When HT contacted, Soni Shelar, a consultant who had approached a couple of parents requested the reporter to talk to her workplace employees. An worker named Nazim, who recognized herself because the supervisor of the company stated, “We do not have any recognition from the central or state government. We are not an NGO or trust even and are only a private firm.”
While requested about their funding mannequin, she stated, “We have a mediator who does this work for us and parents are thus charged a processing fee.” She denied commenting after requested in regards to the norms beneath which the company made such preparations. As per the company’s web site, it claims to be an “education centre in Mumbai” with its workplace primarily based out of Bhendi Bazaar.
As per the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2011, personal unaided colleges within the state can repair their very own fees. While the federal government has set a cap on the extent of charge hike, there isn’t any such provision for personal firms to tie up with the federal government and colleges to waive off college students’ fees. Even the scholarships provided by the central and state authorities are for college students from socially and economically backward courses.