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Same fee for all courses

If the All India Council of Technical Education has its way, it will charge the same fee for courses it runs in various technical institutes of the country. AICTE wants to come up with a rational fee module to examine the fee structure of these courses.

education Updated: May 08, 2006 11:40 IST

If the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has its way, it will charge the same fee for courses it runs in various technical institutes of the country.

AICTE, which wants to come up with a rational fee module, has constituted a committee to examine the fee structure of these courses. Headed by Justice (retired) Ranganath Mishra, the committee is expected to submit its report by June.

 “We expect to enforce the recommendations of the committee before the start of the next academic session,” RA Vadav, Vice-Chairperson, AICTE, said. Meanwhile, sources  say, the need to draft guidelines for fixing fees for colleges was felt because of an increasing number of complaints, and court cases in this regard.

AICTE officials quoted institutes that are charging more than double the fee for the same courses.

Fees for engineering courses in private sector ranges between Rs 50,000 per annum and Rs 2 lakh. Though AICTE claims it has no direct control over the fees charged, but educationists blame the council for ‘gross commercialisation’ of education.

SMART BOX
Rational fee module
• AICTE wants a uniform fee structure in all technical institutes across the 
  country
• It has appointed a committee to constitute a rational fee module
• The committee will submit its report by June this year
• It’s recommendations will be enforced by the next academic session
• The decision for a uniform fee structure was taken following many complaints