Any contribution or capitation charge is categorically forbidden under the proposed regulations, and the fee schedule must adhere to the standards established by the appropriate statutory body.
Some of the draught regulations that the University Grants Commission (UGC) released earlier this month for universities that were deemed to be universities did not sit well with the institutions. The rules require these universities to set aside a sizeable corpus of money to be used for development objectives, as well as to maintain track of the fee structures for different courses and to forbid donations or capitation fees.
Any donation or capitation charge is categorically forbidden under the proposed regulations, and the fee schedule must adhere to the standards established by the appropriate statutory body. The charge should be set in a transparent manner with non-profiteering in mind. The deemed-to-be universities are also required to set aside a corpus fund of Rs 25 crore or an amount as determined by the Commission from time to time, per the new draught.
The norm that has attracted the most criticism is the fixed tenure of the Chancellor, which should be for a maximum period of five years, with no reappointment. ” The Chancellor of the Institute in the case of deemed-to-be universities is the soul of the Institute, being the founder.
“Fixing the tenure will not really serve the purpose,” said Prof. Dr. G. Viswanathan, founder, and chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) and president of the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), a national consortium of private institutions imparting education, including deemed-to-be universities. The EPSI has submitted its representation to the UGC, along with its arguments.
“These regulations are discouraging for private educational institutions which are required to meet the ever-rising demand in the education sector,” added Prof Vishwanathan.
The EPSI claims that the requirement to set aside a corpus fund of Rs 25 crore will result in the blockage of the funds, which might have been used to offer financial aid to deserving and needy students. As of right now, corpus money worth Rs 10 crore has been allocated. The EPSI has advised the UGC to first establish pertinent statutory organisations across states to ensure fair practices before determining fees as well.
“The fee structure has to be fixed based on the services provided by an institute. “A generalised norm in this regard will not work,” said Prof. Dr. Mangesh Karad, executive president and vice-chancellor of MIT-ADT University, Pune. He also shared that the fee regulatory authority in Maharashtra has allowed fixing fees in this manner for professional courses. (Source: The Indian Express)