Supreme Court-mandated Shikshan Shulka Samiti (SSS),a fee-fixation panel,has announced an ad hoc fee for the academic year 2013-14 for technical and health science courses,with a rise of 7.5 per cent and 7 per cent respectively,in what was approved for the previous academic year.
The SSS,which is an empowered panel that decides in matters of deciding fees for professional courses,for the first time,held open public hearings to decide the fee-structure for professional courses for the academic year 2013-14.
Held on March 18 and the following day to decide the fee structure for health science courses and technical education courses respectively,these hearings were aimed at incorporating views of students,parents as well as colleges,among its other stakeholders.
The ad hoc fees announced by the SSS corresponds to expenditure that colleges are mandated to collect from students till such time their fee revision proposal for any academic year is settled by the panel. Every year,educational institutes offering professional courses such as MBBS and Engineering,have to get their fees approved by the SSS,and this exercise takes place around from April to year end.
Reacting on the ad hoc fee-structure for the professional courses for 2013-14,educational activist Rajendra Choudhary said the SSS has not incorporated the provisions made in XIIth Plan of the University Grants Commission (UGC) relating to fees to be charged from students.
The UGC,in its XII plan,has a mention about the Central and the State Universities should be statutorily required to adopt revision of fee structure payable by the students by at least 10 per cent for every three year period. The SSS has not incorporated this provision while charting out the fee-structure, he told Newsline.
Another activist Vivek Velankar,who submitted a memorandum with the SSS detailing out some reforms in the process of fee fixation,said the apex court-mandated panel has not paid heed to it. We were demanding the SSS to prevail upon the colleges to have more transparency in deciding its salary and non-salary expenditure. Also,the colleges need to make public their records of students placements. These key demands are not met, he said.