New Delhi: Cracking the whip on deemed
universities which often charge exorbitant fees , the
government on Friday said the fees in these institutions will be
decided by a state-level committee headed by a High Court
Such state-level committees were earlier only
finalising the fee structure for private professional
colleges, including engineering institutions. Henceforth, they
will prescribe fee structure for deemed universities also.
The decision assumes significance in view of the
findings of the committee on `Renovation and Rejuvenation of
The committee, headed by former UGC Chairman Prof
Yashpal, has said many private institutes charge exorbitant
fees in the form of many kinds of levy which are not accounted
for by vouchers and receipts.
The HRD Ministry also set up a committee for
formulating standards for benchmarking appraisal of faculty
performance in all institutions, including private
universities and professional institutions, in the country.
The committee will submit its report in three months, the
HRD Ministry said.
The decision was taken by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal who
held a high-level meeting on the issue today.
The decision to benchmarking of faculty is aimed at
improving the quality of teaching and rationalising the
faculty recruitment in private institutions and deemed
The Yashpal committee has found the private
institutions are unable to provide minimum competent faculty
The ministry has also directed the University Grants
Commission (UGC) to ask all universities, deemed universities
and other higher educational institutions to have a website in
which full and complete disclosure of information shall be
furnished by them.
These institutions will have to provide information
relating to availability of infrastructure and physical
assets, grants-in-aid provided by the government and its
utilisation and admission criteria.
The institutions will have to furnish information on
all courses of study, including degree or diploma programmes
and those conducted in distance mode.
They will also display information on faculty
positions in each of their schools along with their
photographs and the nature of their employment, the ministry
To make their functioning more transparent, they will
also give information on fee structure on all courses. More
These institutions will have to give information on
academic curricula about the courses offered and clearly
mention whether they have any study centres and whether they
impart education through distant mode.
The UGC shall provide a link to the website of the
university or institution in its own website for ease of
access by stakeholders, the Ministry said.
The UGC will insist on compulsory accreditation of
institutions for UGC grants.