The government has directed private colleges to return the excess fee taken from students during admissions, failing which strict action would be initiated against them.
Minister for Higher Education, C T Ravi, convened a meeting with Private Management Colleges’ Association on Friday over complaints filed by students about the excess fee demanded by engineering colleges at the time of admissions.
The one-man fee regulatory committee headed by Prof Venkataramaiah, had submitted an interim report consisting of details of the excess fee taken by professional colleges about two weeks ago to the government.
According to Prof Venkataramaiah, the colleges have been asked to reimburse the excess fee or carry the arrears forward to the following semester.
“The Committee has also recommended that a rationality between the quantum of fee should be established by government in order to ensure students pay a common fee to the colleges,” Prof Ventakaramaiah said.
Search Committee for BU V-C Soon
Speaking on the sidelines of an award event, Minister for Higher Education C T Ravi said, “A search committee for the Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor will be constituted at the earliest and as per the Karnataka State Universities Act, I will not bow down to any political pressure or influence in the search for a suitable candidate for the VC’s post.”
The minister also refuted the rumours that former vice-chancellor Dr Prabhu Dev had submitted his application for the post again and said that the search for a new VC would start as per the Act.