Deemed Univ fee to be fixed by state level committees

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 Judge.

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 Higher Education'.

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 universities.

The Yashpal committee has found the private institutions are unable to provide minimum competent faculty also.

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 said.

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.

Bureau Report