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Maharashtra wants to regulate self-financing universities, fees

DNMUM423444 | 10/4/2018 | Author : Sudhir Suryawanshi | WC :353 | Mumbai

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In a bid to regulate admission and fee structure of self-financed universities in Maharashtra, the state government has proposed to bring them under the ambit of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016.
As many as 13 universities in Maharashtra were granted status of self-financed universities vide notification issued on May 29, 2013.
The state government had received complaints that these universities were not following the procedures laid down by the government in the guidelines and were charging astronomical fees.
“When the MIT College of Engineering was affiliated to the Pune University, their engineering course fee was Rs 1.4 lakh. But it was increased to Rs 2.6 lakh as soon as they were granted the status,”
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Waikar told DNA that this was not an isolated case, and several irregularities had come to his notice, including teaching standards and inadequate qualifications of the teaching staff among other things.
“Just the admission forms are sold at Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000. You can imagine how they must be exploiting the students,” said Waikar.
In his letter to the Chancellor, Waikar has suggested that these universities be inspected regularly by appointing a local enquiry committee or by an independent agency.
“I have requested him to bring all these self-financed universities under the Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016, so that their admission process and the fee structure could be regulated,” he said.
“We need to bring transparency in the admission process as well. These varsities should be brought under the purview of Admission Control Authority,” Waikar said

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