HYDERABAD: Although it appears that the Telangana government has kicked up a storm with its decision not to reimburse the tuition fees of students hailing from Andhra Pradesh who are pursing various courses in Telangana, it is not the case so, claim officials of the social welfare department.
They point out that the decision of the government with regard to fee reimbursement is not new, as it appears, since the practice was followed in the undivided state too. Students from undivided AP, who studies in other states, were reimbursed similar to their counterparts in the home state without any hiccup.
According to a senior official of SW department, there are enough provisions to resolve the issues vis-a-vis reimbursement for students studying in other parts of the country. Some universities/colleges in other states will be recognised by the SW department as eligible to come under the ambit of the reimbursement scheme. “For instance, we have recognised some reputed institutesin Maharashtra. Tuition fee of the students studying in those colleges will be fully reimbursed no matter what the fee is. Similar approach will be followed here in the case of AP students,” he added.
Students studying in other colleges, which do not fall under the purview of eligible colleges that avail the reimbursement scheme, need not worry too. “ No problem if a student does not belong to the listed recognised colleges. Here, we consider the course of the student. Based on reimbursement amount fixed and offered to students for that particular course in the home state, we will reimburse the same amount to students outside. For instance, if an Electronics and Communication Engineering student gets Rs 35,000 here, we will offer the same amount to students studying in other states,” he explained.
Ever since the scheme was introduced, this process has been followed and thousands of students have been benefited, he claimed.
Asked if there would be any practical problems in verifying the nativity of a student, he said, “When a student applies for fee reimbursement, he/she submits his/her income, nativity and other related certificates. So, there should not be any problem.”