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Updated: August 28, 2013 02:36 IST

No uniform fee next year for professional courses in colleges

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Minister R V Deshpande. File Photo
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Minister R V Deshpande. File Photo

Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R.V. Deshpande told presspersons here on Tuesday that the government will not adopt uniform fee for admission to various professional courses in colleges in the State from next academic year (2014-15).

Mr. Deshpande said that the government has decided to implement the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006, from 2014-15, for admission of students for medical, engineering and dental courses.

Under the 2006 Act, two committees would be constituted.

A Fee Fixation Committee, headed by a retired High Court judge, to fix fees for various colleges based on the availability of infrastructure, and an Admission Regulatory Committee, headed by a former vice-chancellor of a university, for monitoring admissions.

These committees would be set up before December 31, 2013, to hear grievances of private college managements, he said.

Fee would be varied in different engineering, medical and dental colleges based on the availability of infrastructure in those colleges, Mr. Deshpande said.

Till this year, the 2006 Act was kept under suspension and the government had signed agreements with private managements and fixed two different types of fee for seats under government and private management quota.

The government would subsidise the fee for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and backward class students, he said.

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Hon. SC court has said the fee will be based on budget of the Institution plus 15 surplus for future expansion. No Capitation fee. No profiteering. Merit has to be absolute and state reservation policies, rights of linguistic and religious minorities can be safe guarded in the order of merit with in the group. There cannot be uniform fees. It ll depend on current expenses on maintenance, pay out on manpowerwell audited. Interestingly well established colleges with more seats should charge less.As long the Institution are under State UniversitiesUGCrecognized by Councils these principles cannot be violated.If profit is motive not the Philanthropy then such managements should make investments in malls, real estate etc. not on education.In the name of freedom taking Tax free Capitation fee is unacceptable.

from:  J M Jeyaraj Jeyaraj
Posted on: Aug 28, 2013 at 01:32 IST
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