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Maharashtra sets up fee and admission regulatory panels

Education Minister Vinod Tawde said the ordinance would help decide an appropriate fee structure for professional courses, thereby curbing profiteering by colleges

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Published: May 14, 2015 3:35:41 am
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The state government on Wednesday promulgated an ordinance to establish two comprehensive committees — fee and admission regulatory authorities — for recognised professional courses run by private unaided educational institutions. It aims to curb ‘profiteering’ by private institutes.

The ordinance says, “The issue of regulation of admission and fees in relation to various professional educational courses is an important one. Hence, it is necessary to regulate the admission process and charging of fees by the unaided private professional educational institutions.”

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The state Cabinet issued an ordinance since the admission process for various courses would begin before the academic year starts in June. As the monsoon session of the state assembly will start after the academic year begins, the Cabinet decided to issue an ordinance and it was signed by the Governor on Wednesday. The bill is expected to be tabled in the monsoon session.

Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde said, “The ordinance will help decide an appropriate fee structure for professional courses, thereby curbing and preventing profiteering by colleges.”

According to the ordinance, these colleges will have to display the fee on the notice board, and the course fee will remain same till the completion of the course. Not only will the fee hike be controlled by the ‘competent authority’ (respective committees), but even the admission process. The institutional quota will also be filled through merit only, under the supervision of the authority, states the ordinance. The authority will determine the fees charged by institutes considering various factors, such as profiteering or charging of capitation fees.

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