UGC to decide fee structure, admission policies in deemed universities

Create: 04/07/2011 - 17:59

The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to decide the fee structure and admission policies in deemed universities. Now, UGC is all set to enforce probably the first of its kind regulations on tuition fees and admission process at deemed universities.

According to new laws, a government panel will be set up to decide the fee structure and new admissions will be possible only through an entrance test. Every institution will have to conduct its own entrance test or a consortium of deemed universities can hold a national-level entrance exam.

These new regulations are likely to affect mainly the 90 private institutions among the country’s 130 deemed universities as the institutions run by the government follow a tradition of entrance test and charge low fees.

In September 2009, the UGC had passed two regulations related to admissions at deemed universities and their fees which were later sent to MHRD for approval. The MHRD then consulted the law ministry for their opinion in the wake of past Supreme Court judgments on private institutions’ rights.
After receiving nod from the the law ministry, the UGC has decided to proceed under Section 12A(2)(d) of the UGC Act which  allows the commission to specify through a regulation how much tuition fee any educational institution can charge for any study course.

The new set of regulations empowers the union government to establish a national fee fixation committee for deemed universities. The state governments can also set up such committees. It also says that the fee structure may vary from one deemed university to another according to existing infrastructural values.

This will be a delicate situation for many promising private institutions, which will find it very complicated to generate revenue for further facilities as they will not be allowed to charge extra fees for future developments. Their fee structure will be determined according to present facilities not according to the future plans.  However, a large chunk of the private deemed universities have a tainted past due to their sheer profit making attitude and thus it seems that these regulations were necessary.

Prof. K.S. Dasgupta, Director, Indian Institute of Space, Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, says in this context, “Any private institute or for that matter any institute has to maintain quality and they need money for this purpose. So, there should be a mutually accepted solution by both the UGC and the private institutes.”  

Dr. Rajendra Khimani, Registrar, Gujarat Vidyapith, also opines, “Deemed university status means a certain kind of purpose attached to the university. That special purpose should be fulfilled. As far as problems due to these regulations are concerned, I don’t think anybody will have any problem if these regulations are implemented with everyone’s consent.” 
So, will it not be tough to reach to a common solution?

Dr Khimani says, “Some states have a regular system or a central committee, which takes care of such issues. They can be helpful in reaching to a decision.”

Prof. Dasgupta also supports the idea of having a common dialogue platform, “Concerned parties should look for a middle path. The UGC and deemed universities should be in touch to reach a mutually agreed upon decision. It may not be a total solution in absence of communication. Some private deemed universities are doing well and ultimately the universities and the nation should flourish.”

Prof B.B. Pant of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, feels the need of proper regulations to curb the errant universities. He expresses his idea about the fee regulation, “It will be premature to form an opinion about new regulations so early, but a proper guideline is very necessary to put a check on misbehaving institutions. And, coordinating the fee structure is not controlling the fee structure. Fulfillment of purpose is necessary. Regulations are the extension of guidelines only and thus they need to be seen with care.”

Now, when all the deemed universities will have to take students via an entrance test then what will happen to resourceful and management quota seat aspirant students. Will they prefer going abroad for higher studies causing a transfer of money?

Prof. Dasgupta says, “It’s too early to say anything but students should not be taxed at any cost and students will go where the infrastructure is. They can be stopped by creating a good environment here.”

So, is common entrance test for private deemed universities a solution?

Prof. Dasgupta adds, “This will be the best decision but it will be hard to implement due to logistics and administration related issues.”

Of course, difficulties are involved in the implementation of these regulations but the need is there and thus the academic world needs to meet them with a balanced approach. Ultimately, the higher education sector should grow and the academic environment should not suffer.

 

 

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Why have deemed universities?
Can someone please explain the need for deemed universities when we have so many good universities and institutions?
What is the rationale behind this deemed university concept?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I commend the MHRD and UGC for initiating after years of hesitation and soft pedalling the Fee Structure of private deemed universities. Its a consensus that these institutions are more commercial than academic. The State can not be a passive onlooker to exploitation of students, most of whom in India are poor and socially disadvantaged. The UGC should not loss more time to decide the fees and other charges ( often these 'other chrges' in huge amounts are levied to compensate the loss in statutory fees collection ) of such institutions.However good and benchmarked may be the infrastructurs of these institutions, the fees and chrges can always be fixed taking into account all cost factors.Social control must be exercised in education sector in general and higher education in particular as national development in the current era of knowledge society and golbal perspectives depends on the principles of equity and access in higher education. The private players must agree to operate under strict control by the State ( MHRD / UGC / State Govts.).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Fixation of fee structure and admission policies for deemed universities is not the critical issue. If you close one window, another window is opened for unscrupulous practices with impunity. What is the necessity to have umpteen deemed universities for every after 20 Kms. Apt example is Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh that 2 deemed universities and one state govt. university with two campus centers at different locations. UGC must need to concentrate on measure that how best can we curb the menace of commercialization of higher education under the umbrella of deemed university status. We certainly need more participation in higher education to bring in quality and quantity but privatization of higher education. Ethically sound and morally correct inspecting team can only cross-check their (deemed universities) real motive behind for getting university status. Otherwise, all these so called actions and actings are mere trash. More action in paper but less spirit in action will undoubtedly further enfeeble an already fragile higher education system. In public opinion, more than 90 + deemed universities are unwarranted. Cash rich people through corrupt means have become conduits and lubricants for commercialization of enrichment of deemed universities. There is a great need to develop effective systems to discourage and desist unscrupulous elements from entering higher education for sheer business motives.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Government is not in a position to administer the education requirements of the nation at its own. Help from private sector is proved essential and should be accepted. It is always commented that the institutions are charging hefty fees to run their institutions and making profit out of that. No body should always suspect the motto of the institutions. In the state of Maharashtra a system is laid down by the Shikshan Shulk Samiti. This samiti is established, with Supreme Court directives, by the Higher and Technical Department of Government of Maharashtra on 14-08-2003. The approach of the Samiti and the rationales of are worth appreciating. Interested may visit www.sspnsamiti.gov.in for the detailed information. Here, due consideration is given to every expenditure and fee is calculated based on that. Fee also is calculated based on the sanctioned intake or actual whichever is more. (Students are not penalized for the seats remaining vacant.) There is provision for appeal and listening to the facts.
UGC also can adopt similar procedure and decide on the above line of action. This would certainly solve the issue and help private sector to take a lead in spreading quality education to masses at affordable cost. Even government can actively consider the public private participation model for this good cause leading us to INDIA-2020. - Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Can MHRD and UGC justify the buildings and infrastructure the deemed univesities have made over last 10 years. High Fee and low salaried faculty and staff, with recommended approvals years after year from UGC have resulted in mass corruption, indian citizen exploitation, mockery of rules and regulations promulgated as pretigeous Gazzettee notifications by Govt. of India.The inspection teams are corrupt, Deans of Univ. / VCs providing affiliations are corrupt, reports are fake, indians are exploited by few education mafia owning these universities. Why not Anna Hazare start another anshan to eradiate the corruption from education system in India.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I ask UGC, Affiliating Univ. , AICTE, State Technical Boards. Medical Councils
1. How many Institutes have eligible Directors / VCs -- not even 10 percent
2. Do they have Professors - Mostly have no professors at all
3. Do they have Associate Professors - 10% of them have
4. Do they have Assitant Professors - only 20 to 30 percent eligible - rest on contract basis with 10000/- per month whereas minimum salary as per gazatte notification is 30000/-
5. 70% of the expenses are for salaries -- Truth is that only 20% is distributed as salary, rest amount goes via fake bills / vouchers to the management hands.
Might is right, On paper everything is fine, when statutory approving authorities will wake up. I think NEVER

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Uneducated Parents, will sell their properties , take hefty loans , will not take even minimum diet to sustain just to hand over their everything in the hands of these Deemed Univ. just on an assurance of UGC that they are approved, resulting in a lot not talented to get a job and is there to roam around to frustate to an extent to commit corruption and crime.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

What about the fee structure of B Schools?

What about the fee structure of relatively more expensive private state Universities, e.g., NIIT University, O.P. Jindal Global University, and Apeejay Satya University?

Will UGC also provide annual government grants for private deemed Universities?

Vigilant auditing of accounts rather than inspector style over-regulation of fee etc. is the real solution.

It's high time the government seriously considers the idea of getting out of the business of regulation. Let government open many more universities and fill the supply gap. Let fair competition decide the future of universities.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Do agree with Prof.B.B Pant of BIT, proper guideline is very necessary to put a check on misbehaving institutions. This is a welcoming step being taken by UGC to decide/regulate the fee structure of pvt. institutions/universities.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

in some university like lovely punjab student paying very high amount of fee 70000-100000 for one sem of b.tech. but university not providing good facility.almost 60% teacher have b.tech degree.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Would like to know about admission procedure in terms of domicile conditions of students. Can someone confirm please.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I was born in U.P. in 1983. I have studied in Pune from standard 5 to 12. I passed 12th this year only, from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Southern Command. And planning to get admission to BCA in MIT, Pune. But staff told me that I will be treated as a student from out of Maharashtra and will be charged Rs. 13000/- (apprx) for the same.
As per my knowledge, a student who passes his/her 10th & 12th standards from a state, is treated as a domicile of that state for further education. Hope the concerned authorities will confirm in this regard.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

sir,
i am student of b.v.p.d.u.c.o.e,pune,i am in final year i have a fee structure of 51900/- which i have paid last year 2010-2011,but for the year 2011-2012 i have to pay 75900/- the increment of approximately 45% in a year.sir please reply me that this is valid increment or not a institution implement on student

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Sir,
I have passed 12th last year with 54% of marks from the Yavatmal i.e. from Amravati University and I want admission in MIT college. I want to know about the admission process and fees structure for bcs or bsc comp. please reply me fast
Thank you

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Sir,
I have passed 12th last year with 54% of marks from the Yavatmal i.e. from Amravati University and I want admission in MIT college. I want to know about the admission process and fees structure for bcs or bsc comp. please reply me fast
Thank you

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