Pvt colleges defend capitation fee
V Raghunathan, former professor, IIM-Ahmedabad, says, “For engineering colleges in most states, the permitted fee for unaided private colleges is in the vicinity of Rs 30,000 per student per annum.
Given that even most kindergarten schools charge a higher fee in the cities, one wonders exactly how the private institutions are expected to provide high quality technical education for this fee.” Raghunathan adds that where government institutions like IIMs are allowed to charge upwards of Rs 5 lakh per student per annum, there is no case for private engineering institutions not being allowed to charge more realistic fees.
Many private institutions in the country also fear if the legislations are not drafted with a holistic approach, it could be susceptible to manipulation. “The Bill promises to be beneficial. But it also runs the risk of curbing the autonomy and the freedom of institutions and challenge dynamic functioning. Again, it could be misused by students or anyone