Maharashtra Govt to take power of Private Colleges over fee regulation

In shocking to the all the private institutions across the Maharashtra state, government has decided to regulate the fee in all private medical, dental, technical, agricultural institutions and varsities across Maharashtra state.

The state government has decided to implement the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Education Institutions (Regulation of Admission Fees) Act, 2015, from this academic year 2015-16.

According to the Act, the private institution will not be having any power in forming the fix structure for the professional courses and conducting their entrance exam, which means state government, will have the power to fix the fee.

The Higher and Technical Education Minister, VinodTawde said, “The govt has passed an ordinance. A committee of retired court judge, chartered accountant, a former vice-chancellor will be formed to look into these private institutions”.

An Admission Regulation Authority (ARA) headed by a retired high court judge will conduct the CET and have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, for the purpose of conducting any inquiry.

Tawde also said that, private colleges should have to provide admissions to the students on the basis of Govt CET. The fee regulating committee will give final approval for fee proposals, verification of infrastructure, amenities and solving grievances of students, parents and college management.

Apparently, there will be no control over fees under the 15% management quota and the new Act will not be applicable to deemed universities and institutions like IIT. Under the Act, the committee can lodge a complaint against an institution that provides false information and the directors of such institutions may face jail terms of up to two years.

As per the sources, by implementing Act, 2015, the state is expected to save Rs 300 crore in an year.

The President of Association of Private Unaided Medical Colleges, Kamal KishorKadam said, ”The supreme court had already issued a notice that private institutions have the right to decide their fees and admit the students”.

In another cabinet decision, physiotherapy postgraduate students in all govt medical colleges will receive a stipend, Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis told in a press conference.

Currently, the state had 24 unaided medical and dental colleges with over 5,000 seats for MBBS, BDS, B.Sc nursing and other paramedical courses. Majority of these colleges are owned by politicians.

Presently, Rs 30-50 lakhs will be charged for single MBBS seat in these colleges. And for postgraduate seat it will be Rs 75 lakh to 2 crore. In addition to this, students have to pay annual fee of Rs 5 to 10 lakhs.

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