No Clarity of College Fee Structure, Government Goes Slow on Implementing Act

Published: 04th January 2015 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2015 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The dates for the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2015 have been announced, but the state government is yet to take a decision on implementing the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006.

On Saturday, a meeting was convened to discuss the issue with private professional minority institutions, other private colleges and deemed-to-be universities, said Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande.

“These meetings are being held to discuss implementation of the Act this year to provide quality education for our students in a competitive world and make education affordable for all students,” he said.

Hinting that the Act will be amended, the minister said, “To amend the Act, we need a formula on seat sharing. We are in the process of chalking out a formula.”

Deshpande said the government has formed a fee fixation committee and admission monitoring committee, headed by two former High Court judges.

When asked if the government had set a deadline for the committee for fixing fees, he said, “Everything will be done at an appropriate time.” 

However, managements of professional private colleges have asked the minister for a week’s time regarding implementation of the Act.  

Panduranga Shetty, secretary of Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association, said colleges haven’t taken any final decision as the fee structure is to be decided.

“We have submitted all our accounts and once the fee is fixed, we will see whether it is fair or not,” Shetty added.

Meanwhile, the managements said the state government cannot amend the Act.

“The fee structure has been framed following directions from the Supreme Court and it cannot be amended,” said Panduranga Shetty.


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