In an important move, the Karnataka Government has decided to abolish the system of uniform fee structure for professional courses in private institutions from the next academic year.
Giving green signal to the implementation of the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006, the state government on 16 December 2013 announced that there will be no upper limit fixed for fees of engineering, medical and dental courses in private or/and unaided colleges. The fee structure for professional courses in private colleges will be determined and defined by a regulatory committee headed by former Karnataka high court judge Ajit J Gunjal.
While conveying about the decision to private colleges in a special meeting at Vikas Soudha, the state minister for higher education, R V Deshpande, said that the colleges will have to send in their respective fee structure proposals by 31 December to the education department, and then the committee will assess colleges on the basis of four broad parameters: infrastructure, coaching, location and course. Based on this assessment, the committee will decide the fee a college may charge, said Deshpande.
As per the sources, the fees decided by the committee for the next academic year will be in effect for next three consecutive academic sessions: 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. Also, a student have to pay the same fee for all the academics years of a course.
In another major reform brought under the implementation of the fee regulation act, the Karnataka Government has decided that the students availing admissions under the reservation category would not be having any concessions in private or unaided colleges, even as they are entitled to subsidized education in government and aided colleges.
The Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee Act, 2006 had been kept under suspension until this year as the government had signed agreements with private managements and fixed two different types of fee for seats under government and private management quota.
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