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Fee structure set to trigger controversy

Even as the admission process in private technical institutes is now caught in a legal tangle, fee structure for private professional colleges is also set to trigger another controversy.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 02:28 IST

Even as the admission process in private technical institutes is now caught in a legal tangle, fee structure for private professional colleges is also set to trigger another controversy.

Students and guardians might be in for problem with private professional colleges ignoring the fee structure decided by Justice Shachindra Dwivedi Committee last year.

The colleges have decided to collect fees at their own will till the Justice V K Agrawal Committee comes out with a fresh fee structure.

The Justice Agrawal Committee was formed by the State Government at the directive of the Jabalpur High Court in accordance with the SC judgment of August 12 , 2005. In the light of the verdict, all decisions of the committees – on fees or otherwise – taken prior to it are null and void.

However, the Committee is yet to start functioning as Justice Agrawal is expected back from abroad on July 26. While the fee-fixation process is likely to take some time, the admission process for both technical and medical/dental colleges is expected to start soon.

The all-India quota seats for engineering colleges have already been allotted. Meanwhile, both the associations of private medical/ dental and technical colleges have exploited the situation to decide not to collect fees decided by the Justice
Dwivedi Committee.

The Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of MP has announced a new fees structure (proposed) on its website – www.mpdmat.org - for the session 2006-07.

This fee structure is Rs 2.80 lakh for medical colleges and Rs 1.85 lakh for dental colleges. President of the Association Babulal Jain said the fees would be collected from students this year during admission as per the proposed fee structure  till any decision in this regard by Justice Agrawal Committee.

He added the fees structure decided by the Justice Agrawal Committee would be finally binding upon them. Similarly president of the API Sanjeev Saxena also said the technical colleges would follow the similar pattern.

He added that this confusion could have been avoided if the fees fixation committee was constituted earlier (immediately after the August 2005 SC judgment).