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BDU cuts affiliation fee of UG, PG courses

Trichy: Encouraging affiliated colleges to opt for permanent affiliation for undergraduate and post graduate courses, Bharathidasan university has reduced the fee by 50%. The decision was ratified at the syndicate meeting on Monday.
The fee for permanent affiliation was increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh for undergraduate courses and Rs 4 lakh for post graduate courses early this year after vice-chancellor P Manisankar took charge.

While the hike was at par with other state-run universities, according to the university, the move was aimed at tightening grip on affiliated colleges that were wilfully evading permanent affiliation to various courses.

This apart, the university also announced a hefty fine on colleges that have not got permanent affiliation for more than 20 years. This was rolled back following representations from various colleges which agreed to fall in line.

“We have agreed for a 50% reduction in fee for permanent affiliation. This should encourage many colleges to come forward to get permanent affiliation to the courses they offer,” Manisankar told TOI.

“The syndicate meeting also approved permanent affiliation of 46 courses in 16 colleges. This is apparently a decent number. We expect more colleges to come forward,” he said.

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“Many of the colleges were extending the provisional affiliation obtained at the time of starting the program to evade permanent affiliation. Among these colleges many were running such courses without permanent affiliation for over 15 years. This includes some of the popular aided colleges in the city,” said a senior faculty member from the university.

“Ideally, a college must obtain permanent affiliation within three years of starting the course. These courses were run without qualified faculty members and the required infrastructure - which is the primary reason for the colleges to evade permanent affiliation,” the faculty added.

“To obtain status under section 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act, to ensures funding from the UGC, at least 75% of the courses should have permanent affiliation. While NAAC accreditation too has become mandatory for colleges to decide their future funding, without permanent affiliation they may not perform well in the accreditation process,” the vice-chancellor added.

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