Fee regulation committee submits report

According to the committee, the fee structure suggested by it shall be binding for a period of four academic years (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015) and any revision of fee is permissible only thereafter.

However, when Higher Education Minister V S Acharya was contacted, he said that the committee’s fees were not binding as the State government was entering into a consensual agreement with private colleges.

 “If we fail to reach an agreement, then we will have to go by the fee fixation committee’s report”, he said.

When queried about the fees proposed, Acharya said that the report was in a sealed cover, and would be looked into only if the talks failed between the government and private parties.

The Fee Regulatory Committee has stated that the State government shall hand over individual letters on the fee structure to the heads of institutions for implementation from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015. “Institutions cannot charge either directly or indirectly any other amount over and above the amount fixed as tuition fee by the Committee except the statutory fee,” the report says.  The committee has also said that if institutions have not been informed the fee fixed by the committee, it can approach the State government.  The fee fixation committee was appointed following a direction from the Supreme Court in the Islamic Academy of Education and another vs State of Karnataka case.

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