Several professional colleges in the state may be forced to roll back 20 per cent of their fee hike for the academic year 2013-14 for possibly failing to comply with with the orders of the Supreme Court-mandated Shikshan Shulka Samiti (SSS) to upload the whole fee approval proposal on their respective websites before submitting it to the Samiti.
Advocacy group Sajag Nagarik Manch has advised parents and their wards, who have taken admission to professional courses to go through websites of respective colleges to verify necessary compliance.
It has also asked students to refer to SSS’s official website
( www.sssamiti.org) for work-sheet and calculation sheet of concerned colleges for any possible discrepancy in fee and other related issues in case professional colleges have shown uploaded fee proposal.
In January, SSS, which is a fee fixation panel, had decided to display on its website computation sheets of colleges whose fees were finalised by it, in keeping with the provisions of the RTI Act.
Later in a meeting on April 25, it made mandatory to put whole proposal on the websites of the college/institute at the time of submission of proposal to Samiti, cautioning that non-compliance thereof may be penalised.
The SSS, as per minutes of said meeting, had gone a step ahead and prevailed upon heads of professional colleges to give an affidavit to it pledging that ‘the (fee) proposal has been put on the website of the college/institute before its submission to the Samiti. I am aware that in case it is not put fee may be reduced by 20 per cent’.
“After fight of four years under RTI Act and with the intervention of State Information Commission, SSS had finally altered its stand and compelled all professional colleges offering medical, engineering, pharmacy, and management among other courses to put their fee proposal on their respective websites. The move aimed at transparency that would allow students and parents to know how the fee structure was decided by colleges and what sort of facilities are assured by respective colleges in return of fee,” Sajag Nagarik Manch’s Vivek Velankar told Newsline on