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HC direction to UGC, AICTE on uniform price of applications

Last Updated: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 19:45

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here on Thursday
directed UGC and two others to fix uniform price for
applications and prospectus sold by self-financing colleges,
Deemed Universities and Institutes offering self-financing
courses in Tamil Nadu.

Admitting a PIL, a Division Bench, comprising Justice
Dharma Rao Elipe and Justice K.B.K.Vasuki, also directed the
All India Council for Technical Education and Tamil Nadu
Secretary for Higher Education to consider the plea within
four weeks.

The Petitioner, J Venkata Sundram, submitted though the
government had fixed the fees for Medical, Engineering and
Paramedical courses, there was problem with regard to the cost
of applications and prospectus which ranged from Rs.500 to

"Fancy prices are being fixed for them. The amount collected
from the student is not refunded if he is not selected and
unlimited forms are being sold. Deemed universities fix the
rate of forms, entrance exam ...," petitioner contended
He alleged universities that conducted B.Ed (Bachelor of
Education) programme under self-financing scheme, in 2010-11,had
sold 7500 applications and had collected Rs.37.50 lakh.

The applications, sold for Rs.500, would cost Rs.150 only,
petitioner contended. The Union HRD, and Union Health and
family welfare departments should fix uniform price for
applications of all Institutes, Universities recognised by


First Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 19:45

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