It will be headed by secretary of ET and ET department
With private engineering colleges alleged to be collecting exorbitant fees, the State government has constituted a five member sub-committee to go through fee structure of colleges in the State.
The sub-committee, which will be headed by secretary of Employment and Technical Education and Training department, has been asked to submit their report of Fee Structure Committee (FSC) – the apex forum that fixes fees in technical colleges.
Other members include additional secretary of ET&ET, a chartered accountant, a representative of institution to be inspected and member secretary of FSC.
The panel will also scrutinise infrastructure such as inadequacy in competent faculties, poor hostel management and unequipped laboratories.
“The committee will visit and examine accounts and any other matter relating to the particular institution either giving prior notice or even without notice in surprise manner and examine and submit the reports before FSC for consideration and further action,” the notification says.
It is to be noted that the FSC had recommended constitution of a sub-committee for taking tab on fees collected by engineering colleges and their infrastructure in the month of December last.
Pursuant to a court order, the State government had enacted Odisha Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act 2007 to rein in engineering colleges charging more fees on different accounts in excess of the fees fixed by FSC.
According to the law, demand and acceptance of fees on different counts in any manner in contravention to the fee structure approved and notified by the State government not only amounts to indiscipline, but also creates disadvantages to students and parents.
The law prescribes punishment for institutions that indulged in demanding or accepting exorbitant fees.
The notification says the government will take action against defaulting institutions identified by the sub-committee.
Recently, ET&ET department had asked to Odisha Joint Entrance Examination authorities to clearly mention ‘prohibition of capitation fee’ in the OJEE 2013 brochure.
Meanwhile, the department has asked Biju Patnaik University of Technology to set up a grievance redressal forum enabling students and parents to lodge their grievances.
The grievance redressal fora, which should be in operation round the year, should be opened in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela with toll-free numbers.
The decision was taken following suicide of student of Mahavir Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) who was reportedly not allowed to appear the semester examination for non-payment of college dues.