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Authority to regulate fee, seats soon

The authority will be set under the supervision of to regulate the fee and seat structure.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2006 20:49 IST

The Centre is considering to set-up an authority under the supervision of University Grants Commission (UGC) to regulate the fee and seat structure while implementing its reservation policy in unaided education institutes in the country.

The issue was discussed during a meeting convened by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Arjun Singh in New Delhi on Thursday with the representatives of deemed universities.

"We are informed that the government is considering to set up a regulatory authority under the supervision of UGC to consider and fix the fees and seats for each course run by respective universities on a case by case basis," said sources, present in the meeting.

The move was primarily to offset the impact of the quota implementation in these institutes, he said.

However, expressing apprehension over the move, another participant said "the government is no mood to consider any concession or subsidy for the deemed universities while implementing its reservation policy which could result in increase of seats along with other infrastructure."

"Therefore, they should think of ways to compensate us." Representatives in the meet also informed that a phasewise implementation was suggested to the ministry since resources and infrastructure were a major limitation.

Interestingly, in a meeting with a GoM on the reservation issue last week, the state chief ministers and education ministers had put forward their strong reservation on a central authority for fee regulation and had advocated for a state level mechanism for it.

Apparently, many states already have a legislation in this regard and also a monitoring agency to look into the fee structure.