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Justice Gupta ready for task

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 11:29 IST

JUSTICE GULAB Gupta (retired), whose name has been recommended by the MP High Court to head the Judge’s Committee on Fees Fixation for private professional colleges, has agreed to take up the assignment. With Justice Gupta taking over as fees committee chairman, the entire fees fixation process is sure to be expedited, thus bringing to a halt the confusion regarding the fees structure in private professional colleges.

On Sunday, Justice Gupta told Hindustan Times over telephone from Jabalpur that he had already sent his willingness to take up the post, if asked, to the High Court.

He, however, mentioned he had not yet received the official communication regarding his appointment from the State Government, probably because he was out of station.

The former Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court and the former chairman of the MP Human Rights Commission made it quite clear that he would be sending in his consent to the Government whenever he is in official receipt of the communication regarding his appointment.

Principal Secretary of the Medical Education Department I M Chahal had told Hindustan Times on Friday that consequent to the recommendation from the High Court, the department has already sent official communication regarding the appointment to Justice Gupta.

The fees fixation committee will be finalising the fees structure of the private professional courses including engineering, medical, dental, Indian medicine systems, nursing, MBA, MCA, pharmacy and even B Ed courses. The matter has been in limbo for almost three months now since the State Government first announced the formation of the Judge’s Committee on Fees Fixation along with the Judge’s Committee on Admission Process Monitoring as per the High Court directive on June 30.

The chairman of the Chhattisgarh State Consumer Forum Justice V K Agrawal was appointed as the chairman of the Fees Fixation Committee, but he did not take up the assignment and recently expressed his inability to do so officially.

The confusion prevailing in this matter has been directly impacting students with technical colleges collecting arbitrary fees.  Though the State Government warned colleges that they should collect fees as per the recommendations made by Justice Shachindra Dwivedi Committee last year, colleges have gone ahead to collect fees as per their own calculation, citing the provisions of the Supreme Court order of August 12, 2005.