Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Unscrupulous tutorials milk Gujarat govt’s delayed nod to JEE

The late decision of Gujarat government to accept Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-2013 for admission in the engineering colleges in state is haunting the students.
With only five months left for the test, coaching classes are minting money by charging higher coaching fee from engineering aspirants. Most of the students are finding it extremely difficult to cough up the exorbitant fees they are being subjected to.
“Just five months are left for the JEE (Main) exam and the tutorials have made the course fee very high which has pressurised parents to a great extent,” said Darshan Goradiya, student of a city-based school.
GUJCET, which was used as medium to give admission to students in state colleges has been replaced by the JEE (Main). The tutorials which used to charge around Rs5,000 to Rs15,000 till last year have hiked fees to as much as Rs20,000 to Rs50,000,” Goradiya said.
Claiming that the Gujarat state board students will face a daunting task in clearing the JEE (Main) exam, an official from Abhyas Tutorials said, “Till last year, it was just GUJCET which students could clear easily. However, JEE (Main) will be a new concept for every student and the delayed decision of the state government has forced tutorials to put in extra efforts to train students”, he added. The tutorial used to charge Rs 7,000 for GUJCET till last year which has increased to Rs 45,000 this year for JEE (Main).
“The fee is too high for anybody to afford. Sudden changes in paper patterns create panic among students and they will be forced to shell out higher fees as demanded by the coaching institutes,” said a parent of a Std XII student. The parent added that he has requested the coaching class to allow him to pay the fee in two instalments as it is difficult for him to cough up the money in one go.
Students are also facing issue with the new pattern of test they will be facing in JEE (Main). “The current academic batch is bound to suffer due to the decision,” said a Std 12 student of a city-based school.

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