THE STATE Government is all set to legislate a comprehensive Act to regulate fees, admissions and reservation in private, especially professional, colleges in Madhya Pradesh.
A joint committee comprising senior officials of higher, technical, medial and school education departments is preparing a draft bill for the proposed Act, according to sources.
The draft is likely to be placed before the senior secretaries’ committee soon, which, in turn, will forward it to the State Cabinet to deliberate on it. The Cabinet will okay the draft to be presented before the State Assembly for its passage.
Efforts are on to ensure that the Act is implemented from the next academic session (2007-08), the sources said. The draft bill is on the lines of the Acts enacted in Karnataka and some other states following the Supreme Court’s directives of August 12, 2005.
The apex court had asked the state governments to promulgate an Act to take care of all aspects of professional education — fee structure, quota policy and admission process.
As per the SC order, till such an act came into existence, monitoring of admission process and fixation of fees for private professional colleges were to be overseen by a judge’s committee in every state.
Accordingly, Justice Chandresh Bhushan Committee (for monitoring of admission process) and Justice Gulab Gupta Committee for Fees Fixation were constituted by the State Government in 2006.
The Gulab Gupta Committee has come out with the interim fees structure for private medical colleges (for the session 2006-07) while the interim structure for private technical colleges for this session is expected to be announced on January 16.
Both the committees ran into controversies as the decision of the Justice Bhushan Committee on private medical/dental admissions was challenged in High Court while the chairman of the fees fixation committee Justice Gupta expressed annoyance over want of facilities to him.
The proposed act is expected to take care of such controversies as committees would cease to function once it comes into force.
The final meeting of the Justice Gulab Gupta Committee was held on Monday for deciding the fee structure. The committee would consider the proposals already presented by the private technical colleges before announcing the fees structure.