For non-priority households fee hiked to Rs 50,000 per annum
SRINAGAR: The Nursing College Srinagar run by the Higher Education Department (HED) has hiked tuition fee by 100 percent ahead of the upcoming academic session.
According to an order issued recently by Secretary HED, the annual tuition free for Priority Household (PHH) category has been hiked from Rs 15000 to Rs 30000.
While as for the Non-priority Households (NPHH) category the annual tution fee has been hiked from Rs 32500 to Rs 50000.
For students from the Priority Household (PHH) category, the annual tuition fee has been hiked to Rs 30,000.
The admission fee has been kept unchanged at Rs 20,000.
The college operates from the premises of Women’s College M A Road.
Principal, Nursing College Zamrooda Akhter said that the fee hike had been necessitated as it is a self-funded college without a permanent faculty.
Besides the salary of the contractual staff, Akhter said that the expenditure on the students’ equipment also is met from the fees.
“The fee was hiked as there was no other way. Otherwise, they will have to wind up the college,” she added.
Akhter said that the annual tuition fee for NPHH and PHH category students was Rs 65,000 and Rs 25, 000 initially.
“It was slashed by the government later over uproar,” she said.
The state’s two nursing colleges, one each for Srinagar and Jammu, were established by the Higher Education Department in 2017.
Although the Kashmir Nursing College took a lead against its Jammu counterpart in starting classes in 2017 itself after getting affiliation from Kashmir University, the college is yet to have land of its own and a permanent faculty.