Published On: Mon, Mar 14th, 2011

UGC to decide fee structure of private deemed universities

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The Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to let the University Grants Commission (UGC) decide the fee structure and admission policies in the private deemed universities. As per the new rules, a government panel will decide the fees and the deemed universities will be barred from admitting students without an entrance test.

“The private deemed universities charge exorbitant fees. Nor do they follow a transparent system of admission. Till now, there have been no checks on their fee structures or admission processes,” a senior ministry official said.

According to officials, the new regulations would mainly affect the 90 private institutions among the country’s 130 deemed universities. The ones run by the government do hold entrance tests and charge low fees, they said.

In September 2009, the UGC had passed two regulations, one relating to admissions at these institutions and the other to their fees, and sent them to the ministry for approval. HRD Ministry sought law ministry’s opinion whether these rules can be imposed on the deemed universities keeping in mind past Supreme Court judgments on private institutions’ rights.

“The law ministry has said the UGC has the power to regulate fees and admission,” the official said.

Section 12A(2)(d) of the UGC Act allows the commission to specify through a regulation how much tuition fee any educational institution can charge for any study course, former UGC secretary R.K. Chauhan said.

Under the commission’s new regulations, the Centre can set up a national fee fixation committee for deemed universities or the state governments can individually set up such committees. However, the fee structure may vary from one deemed university to another depending on what facilities each of them offers.

[Source: The Telegraph]