National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY
Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
JCM Office, Brindavan, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Ref. No: nfaee/15/42 23.02.2015
Atomic Energy Education Society
Sub: Revision of Tuition Fee, PUVVN
with effect from the Academic year 2015-2016
We would like to submit the following with reference to the circulars issued by the AEES Mumbai regarding the admission and fee structure DAE WARDS, NON DAE, admission under RTE Act categories and revision of Tuition Fee, Parmanu Urja Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi (PUVVN), etc for the academic year 2015 – 16 for your consideration.
The Tuition Fee was first time introduced subsequent to the implementation of Sixth CPC report. The Tuition Fee was fixed at the rate of Rs. 500/-per month (PM) and PUVVN was revised to Rs. 150/- PM for DAE wards which itself was exorbitant. The request from the parents was not heard and arbitrarily continued the tuition fee at the higher rate for all these years.
Now the AEES has further increased the Tuition Fee to Rs. 800/- PM and PUVVN to Rs. 350/- PM with effect from the Academic Year 2015-16. It is 60% increase in Tuition fee and 134% increase in PUVVN at a stretch. Considering various facts and circumstances we are of the strong view that this exorbitant increase of the above said fees at this juncture is unjustifiable and unwarranted.
Moreover the withdrawals of Fee exemption to certain categories of students like single girl child/ girls students/ students belonging to SC/ST categories of serving employees (under the plea that Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is available from their Units) is in contravention with the Policies and Rules of Government of India and State governments. Even if the Reimbursement of CEA is availed by the above said employees they will be additionally burdened by the Income Tax on the Reimbursable amount @ of 30%/ 20%/ 10% as applicable to the individuals. In the other words the employees are taxed in the resources mobilization process of AEES.
With reference to the revision of PUVVN it is pertinent note here that from the guidelines governing the PUVVN in AEC Schools/Junior Colleges issued on 28th May, 2014, it is evident that many schools were not spending or unable to spend ‘PUVVN’ collected for the purpose; hence the Head of ‘Unspent PUVVN’ was withdrawn with effect from 01.04.2014. “A separate “Head of Unspent PUVVN” is being withdrawn from 01.04.2014 onwards. This is done keeping in view that many schools have large amount of balance in this account, which they are unable to spend. The existing unspent funds, accumulated upto 31.03.2014 will henceforth be allowed to be spent under the ‘Authorized Expenditure Heads under PUVVN’ given in Annexure-II.”
When the amount accumulated in PUVVN was not being fully utilized for the purpose which is being collected at the same time students/parents were forced to shell out extra amount from their part for which PUVVN could have been utilized.
From the above facts it is amply clear that the current rate of PUVVN is more than sufficient to meet the requirements
According to the PUVVN guidelines the expenditure from PUVVN shall be incurred ONLY under the “Authorized Expenditure of Heads under PUVVN” as described in Annexure-II. Relevant portion from the guidelines issued by AEES is given below:
“The major heads of expenditures are (for details see Annexure-II):
(i) Expenditure on participations of students in functions/competitive events, distribution of prizes/cash awards to students, and on printing.
(ii) Expenditure for organizing the School Annual Day and various Zonal or All India AECS Events such as Sports/Cultural/Orientation programmes etc.
(iii) Expenditure on repairs/maintenance
(iv)Expenditure on Purchase of Items: (a) Library books, notice/display boards, items to replace on buy-back basis; (b) Consumables for labs and teaching aids: (c) Materials and consumables for sports.
(Note: The ‘PUVVN shall not be utilized to finance any activities other than those indicated in the Annexure-II. Specifically no expenditure to be made for procurement of infrastructure or Capital items provision for the purchase of which exists under the Plan or Non Plan budget of AEES)”
It is come to the knowledge that of late a huge amount in PUVVN is diverted/ being utilized beyond the scope of ‘Authorized Expenditure of Heads under PUVVN’ in violation of the guidelines governing the PUVVN.
In the light of above it is required to be examined the utilization of PUVVN has strictly adhered as per the guidelines. if the circumstance becomes inevitable to enhance the rate of fees to meet the expenditure, the revision of fees shall be considered keeping reasonably adequate portion left in CEA for full filling the reimbursement of purchase of Test book, Note book, Uniforms, Shoes, etc.
Moreover 7th Central Pay Commission has already been constituted and revision of Pay and Allowances are under consideration in which CEA also likely to be revised. Even if it is necessary for a hike in fee structure as mentioned in the above para it would be appropriate after the revision in the Pay and Allowance based on the 7th CPC recommendation.
It is therefore request you that till such time the proposed hike in the tuition fee as well in PUVVN may be withdrawn and the existing rate shall be continued.
You are requested to give us an appointment to met you in person at the earliest to present the issue elaborately.
Address for Correspondence: Jayaraj. KV, Secretary General, NFAEE
PESS/UED; BARC, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085
Tel. No: (O): 022 – 25596519; (Res): 022 – 25554179; (Mobile): 9869501189