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Fees committee yet to start functioning

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 14:22 IST
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AS THE counselling for technical seats in private colleges of the State commences on Friday and the entrance exam for private medical and dental colleges are scheduled for August 13, the Judge’s Committee for fees fixation headed by Justice V K Agrawal is yet to become operational, putting the students and guardians in a big dilemma.

Private professional colleges have already announced their intention to ignore the fees structure decided by the Justice Shachindra Dwivedi Committee last year and collect their own fees till the time the Justice Agrawal Committee comes out with a fresh fees structure.

Naturally, this fees structure would be quite higher than that fixed by the Justice Dwivedi Committee last year. The fact that that are no indications as to when the Justice Agrawal Committee might start functioning has made the entire situation fluid-like and increasing the tension of students and guardians.

Sources said there are chances that Justice Agrawal – who is also chairman of the Chhattisgarh State Consumer Forum – might not take up the assignment of chairing the fees fixation committee, a situation that might further complicate the issue.

Recently, the Madhya Pradesh High Court hearing a petition filed by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has asked the State Government to apprise the court regarding the action taken in the formulation of a legislation on fees, admission and reservation policies in the private professional institutes.

The High Court has reminded the government that the Judges’ committees on fees fixation and admission process are just temporary provisions and the government should take permanent action in this regard in the form of legislation.

The Justice Agrawal Committee was constituted at the directive of the Jabalpur High Court in accordance with the Inamdar judgment of Supreme Court (of October 31, 2005) that holds all decisions of the committees – fees deciding or otherwise – before the date of Supreme Court judgment null and void.

Meanwhile, both the associations of private medical/dental and technical colleges have lapped up the opportunity to decide not to collect fees decided by the Justice Dwivedi Committee.

The Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh has already announced a new fees structure (proposed) for the 2006-07 session.

This fees structure is Rs 2.80 lakh for medical colleges and Rs 1.85 lakh for dental colleges. President of the Association of Professional Institutes (Engineering, Architecture, MBA and MCA Colleges), Sanjeev Saxena had also said that technical colleges have decided to collect fees as per their own calculations until the Justice Agrawal Committee comes up with the final fees structure.

He added that this confusion could have been avoided if the fees fixation committee was constituted earlier (immediately after the October 2005 Supreme Court judgment). Then the final fees structure could have been in place by now.

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