After IIMs and IITs, various universities in the country are likely to hike fees for graduate and post-graduate courses.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), the body regulating the standards of education in the universities, has decided to set up committees to study the fees structure in the Central and state universities soon.
"The committees will study the fees structure in different universities and autonomous institutions. They will speak to the stakeholders and submit a report on the ideal fees structure. Accordingly, a decision will be taken about the fees structure," UGC Chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat told PTI.
The UGC has made this move following the recommendation of the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) in this regard.
The CABE committee had earlier recommended a hike in the fees of up to 20 per cent of the operational cost on each course in the universities.
Currently, the fees in the government-run universities is very negligible, the CABE committee had said.
"That is the recommendation of the CABE committee. But we will review the whole issue and see how much increase can happen," Thorat said.
He said at present there is a variation in the fees structure of different institutions like Central universities, state universities, deemed universities and autonomous bodies.
"We have already set up a committee to study the fees structure in the deemed universities. The committee will also study the admission policies in these institutions," he said.
The IITs and IIMs have already decided to go in for a hike in fees, which is under the consideration of the Government.
The UGC has earmarked Rs 870 crore for expanding the infrastructure in the Central universities for implementing 27 per cent OBC quota, which has been given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court.
"The Central universities will have to expand their infrastructure. We have set up separate committees for each of 20 Central universities which will decide on enhancing the infrastructure," Thorat said.
The universities would expand their infrastructure in a phased manner to increase the number of seats by 54 per cent in the next three years for implementing the OBC quota.
These institutions, including the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University, have submitted detailed project reports on infrastructure expansion, asking for more funds from the UGC.
In view of vacancies in teaching posts in the Central universities, the UGC will allocate funds on a recurring basis for filling them up.
About 21 per cent of the 9,261 teaching posts in Central universities are lying vacant at present.