The school education department on Monday warned students against taking admissions in colleges offering integrated courses — training to crack competitive exams along with regular syllabus — in collaboration with private coaching classes.
A disclaimer was put up on the first year junior college (FYJC) admission website in the evening stating that the department would not be responsible for any problem occurring in the future.
The step was taken after members of the Shiv Sena’s students’ wing demanded that the department shutdown colleges offering integrated courses.
In May, the department had shutdown a Borivli college offering such courses and for allegedly admitting students illegally. The department later transferred students to other colleges.
“Parents and students are requested to not take admission in so-called integrated junior college in Mumbai region. If they take admission in such colleges, the department will not be responsible for any problem occurring in the future,” reads the disclaimer.
The Sena had complained that integrated colleges were charging higher fees than those approved by the education department and stipulated in the admission manual.
Students in the Borivli college paid Rs1.5 lakh per year. In some of the integrated colleges, the fee can be anywhere between Rs2 lakh and Rs4 lakh.
Officials from the education department said colleges can only collect fees mentioned in the admission manual.
“We issued a circular informing all the junior colleges that the fees collected by them cannot be more than the sum mentioned in the FYJC manual,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
He also issued a letter on Monday stating that the department has asked zonal education inspectors to compile a list of colleges offering integrated courses and conduct inquiries.