Taking an Education Loan might get tougher, banks to rate B-schools, education institutes
| March 26,2012 09:42 am IST
It is time around when MBA aspirants across the country are looking forward to secure a seat in some or other B-School, be it a top league b-school or a tier II or tier III institute, candidates are waiting for the final call from their dream college. And this is not the only concern haunting thousand of MBA aspirants throughout India, but there is more to it.
To surge over the bad loans and structure their loan products, Indian Banks Association is planning to rate b-schools and other educational institutes to help banks to structure their loan products better. Banks, in a recent meeting with over 150 institutes, decided that banks will use criteria like placements, academic standards, intellectual capital and connection with the industry, etc to rate the institutions. The institutes will be rated by IBA under the aegis of Pritam Singh, director, International Management Institute, New Delhi.
One of the major concerns of banks, when they provide loan to their client is the recovery of the loan amount. Thus, a good placement record with higher salary offer for students would make the loan repayment less risky and would enable banks to offer better security terms and lower interest rates. The whole rating process is expected to take around six months.
Combining college rating with the rank obtained by the student in qualifying exam is also on the cards. This will be done on a yearly basis and the interest rates shall be fixed accordingly. Also, institutes with better infrastructure and higher quality of education are most likely to get better ranking.
The major concern for banks is the loan default rate. Thus, banks had also shown interest in tracking students, who take loans, after they pass out. IBA also felt the need for legislation where employers shall deduct loan installments from monthly salary of their employees who took education loans and remit it to the bank periodically.
Education loans have become a popular way of funding higher education in India. The cost of education in India is going higher every year and thus the demand for student loans is growing. The increase in the number of self-financed institutions (private institutions) in the fields of engineering, management and medical has escalated the need of such loans, thus making a huge market for it.
At present, an education loan of up to Rs 10,00,000 is considered for studies in India and Rs 20,00,000 for abroad.
The IBA and education institutions also discussed whether to charge differential rates on education loan. There could also be flexibility in terms of repayment.