State government’s varsity-level fee fixation committee will decide fee structure

The fee fixation committee will include members of the respective universities’ academic and management council members, retired judges, former vice-chancellors, chartered accountants and Padma Bhushan awardees

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With an aim to bring transparency in the fees of the courses offered at self-financed universities in Maharashtra, the state government has now decided to form varsity-level ‘fee fixation committee’  that will decide the fee structure.  However, the colleges will continue to have the autonomy to decide the fees.

The fee fixation committee will include members of the respective universities’ academic and management council members, retired judges, former vice-chancellors, chartered accountants and Padma Bhushan awardees.

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The decision is part of a new set of rules and regulations for self-financed or private universities. After receiving a green signal from the law and judiciary department, the state higher and technical education department will soon notify these rules.

Ravindra Waikar, the State Education Minister had proposed the state government to decide and regulate the course fees offered at private, or self-financed universities. Waikar wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alleging that the universities function in a high-handed manner as there is no government control over these institutes.  

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