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Gujarat to Open Centers of Excellence, May Hike Fees Up To 40%

Jan 28, 2014 15:29 IST

    Gujarat is endeavoring to boost state’s Technical education. Gujarat Government is going to open shortly Centers of Excellence in various universities, colleges and institutes running across the state.

    On one hand, these Centres will facilitate the academics with more credibility, prestige and autonomy to a few selected colleges, on the other the excellence will come at a price for the students as the establishment of centres of excellence will lead to sharp hike in fees in those institutes which will have it. Around 5,000 students are to be affected with the increased rates of fee.

    State education department told that within 2 days the state government will issue a government resolution (GR) that shall allow the top universities and institutes who offer engineering, MBA, MCA, pharmacy and other technical courses to build and run centres of excellence. In the assemble session the state government had already tabled a bill for setting up of centres of excellence in technical education institutes of the state.

    Now it is in hands of GR to specify the criteria of which colleges can apply on the basis of quality of infrastructure, results, Academic Performance Index (API) and academic research if fulfilled.

    Only the deserving colleges and institutes will be granted permission for having Centre of Excellence, told a senior official of the state education department.

    Sources in the directorate of state technical education revealed that by June 2014, 5 colleges may be approved to launch the centres for excellence, which may be Nirma University, PDPU, DAIICT, Dharamsinh Desai University (Nadiad) and Charotar Institute of Technology, Changa.

    For institutes that have been allowed to have centers of excellence would indicate their autonomy in deciding their course and tuition fees as well as cost during admission procedure.

    The state technical education department said that such institutes granted with the permission will not be under the purview of the fee regulatory committee anymore to get governed for the fee structure. They will decide their own fee structure autonomously along with liberty granted to conduct admission procedure independently.

    It is assumed that most of the permitted institutes are likely to raise their existing fee by 30-40%.

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