Now, pay more for your engineering course in Karnataka
Those seeking admission to professional engineering colleges may end up paying higher
fees irrespective of their Common Entrance Test (CET) rankings.
In an order of far-reaching consequences, the Karnataka high court on Wednesday
directed the state government to notify the fee structure recommended by the Justice
B Padmaraj Committee report on or before June 8 for colleges that have declined
to be part of any consensual arrangement with the authorities.
Effectively, this means that the state government will be forced to implement the
recommendations of the fee regulatory committee headed by Justice B Padmaraj which
were submitted to the state government on March 7, 2011, but have not yet been made
public. The committee is said to have recommended high fees, even going up to Rs.
1.25 lakh, for premier colleges. The least fee recommended is said to be about Rs.
The high court order signals an end to the imbroglio over the fee structure and
seat sharing in professional engineering colleges in Karnataka as the state government
cannot challenge the high court order in Supreme Court. This is so because it was
the state government which had formed the fee determination committee headed by
justice Padmaraj two years ago based on a direction by the Supreme Court.
Besides, the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission
and determination of fee) Act 2006, too, stresses the need for a fee determination
Courtesy: Dna India