The 2,200-odd engineering,medical,management and other professional colleges in the state would have to upload,on their official websites,fee proposals before submission to the Supreme Court-mandated Shikshan Shulka Samiti (SSS). If not,they are likely to face action in the form of a 20 per cent fee reduction,the SSS has announced.
Pune-based advocacy group Sajag Nagarik Manch,pursuing the demand of transparency in deciding fee structure by professional colleges,has sought more measures by both the colleges and the SSS.
The SSS should direct all colleges / institutions to put up the fee proposal on the home page of their website at a prominent place. It should be available on the site throughout the year and not merely a couple of days ahead of submission of the proposal to the Samiti, Manch activist Vivek Velankar said.
He said SSS should continue publishing the worksheet-cum-calculation-sheet on its website so that students and their parents can know the fee fixation formula and the procedure followed by the Samiti. This information should also be maintained on the Samitis website throughout the year, he said.
The SSS had in the past maintained that making available full details of the proposals for approval of fees submitted every year by the 2,200-odd colleges was not feasible owing to storage constraints of its website. After follow-ups from the Sajag Nagarik Manch on the issue of transparency and the group taking its demand to the State Information Commission,the apex court early this year said the computation sheets of those colleges whose fees have been finalised would be displayed on the SSS website.
Santosh Mule,whose son is an engineering student,said the SSS order on the fee approval proposal would bring transparency in fee-fixation by professional colleges. Despite being a major stakeholder,parents were kept in the dark by colleges in the matter of charging fee for facilities and infrastructure. This issue would be addressed to some extent now, he said.