Last October, the State government had promised to students admitted to professional courses through the Common Entrance Test (CET) that those colleges that collected extra fees from them would reimburse it. However, the academic year is inching towards its end, but there is no sign of the refund.

Agreement

The government’s decision was taken after P. Venkataramaiah, heading the one-man regulatory committee in charge of supervising the implementation of the consensual agreement signed between the State Government and private colleges on seat-sharing and fee structure, submitted its interim report. The government had instructed colleges to return the amount exceeding Rs. 15,000 (in addition to the fee fixed by the government). “As per the agreement, these colleges should not be collecting a single extra Rupee from what is mentioned in the agreement,” Mr. Venkataramaiah told The Hindu on Friday. Based on students’ representations (complaints), a majority of them from engineering, notices had been issued to over 70 erring colleges for collecting excess fee under various heads, the most popular one being “value added programme for placement training”.

Task force

“I have suggested to the government to constitute a task force comprising a representative each of the private managements, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), the government and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) to look into the matter,” he added.

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