EXASPERATED AT the lack of facilities in the office of the Judge’s Committees, Justice Gulab Gupta, the chairman of the Fees Fixation Committee, returned on Wednesday to Jabalpur with a decision to continue his work from there with hired assistance.
The chairman, however, said that honouring the January 25 deadline given by the MP High Court, the committee would try to finalise the fees structure of the private technical institutions for 2006-07 academic session before that date.
“We would try to finalise the structure and submit the details to the court by January 23,” he told the Hindustan Times from Jabalpur.
Justice Gupta also indicated that different fees structure for different colleges might be decided, mainly on the basis of facilities available at these colleges.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, the chairman mentioned that he has decided to hire services of stenographers and other assistance in Jabalpur to get the work completed. He was clearly exasperated at the fact that no such assistance was available at the Judge’s Committee office in Bhopal, making it virtually difficult for the committee to function.
During the first two days of the meeting of the committee held on Monday and Tuesday, only eight pages of documentation could be completed while the actual documentation would run into something like 50 pages as the committee is considering cases of 41 technical institutions, sources said.
Justice Gupta had pointed out about the lack of basic facilities, mainly stenographers at the committee office on earlier occasion too, but the government made no additional arrangements. He had suspended hearing of the committee in October due to this reason. This time, even the committee OSD Prateek Vajpayee was not available as he is unwell, making the job all the more tough for the committee.
The documentation for the decision on fee structure has been started by the chairman on the basis of discussions between the committee members on Sunday and Monday.
Members of the committee, including All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) regional director Sanjay Sharma, CA Asif Baheti and former vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) HP Dixit had attended the meeting.
Member secretary and principal secretary of Technical Education Department Dilip Mehra could not attend as he was away at Khajuraho to attend the investors’ meet.
Another session of meeting of the committee would however be held, most probably in Jabalpur, before the fees structure is announced, the chairman said. Justice Gupta said following the finalisation of fees structure, the documents would be handed over to the High Court as a contempt petition was filed by a section of the private technical colleges regarding delay in announcement of fees structure.