Notify BE fees on or before June 8: HC
BANGALORE: Ending the suspense over the fee for professional courses, the Karnataka high court has directed the state government to notify the report submitted by fee regulatory committee headed by Justice B Padmaraj on or before June 8.
A division bench headed by Justice Manjula Chellur gave the directive after taking the government to task for sitting over the report for nearly three months. The state government cut a sorry figure during the hearing as it couldn't give answers to the pertinent questions posed by the court.
While the petitioners claimed that the report was submitted in January, the government conceded that it was submitted in March first week.
"It (committee) is your own baby. If you don' want to act on it, then why did you appoint the committee? On the one hand you constitute a committee and on the other hand, you ask the colleges to come for negotiations in the name of consensual agreement. Is this a game? You have slept over the report for more than two months,'' the bench strongly observed .
Additional advocate general K M Nataraj told the court that some 20 colleges had shown interest in the consensual fee arrangement with the government by agreeing to the Rs 32,500-Rs 1,25,000 fee slab.
During the morning session, the court had even asked the state to place the fee regulator committee report by 2.30 pm while rejecting the plea for adjourning the case by a week. Since the court passed an interim order in the afternoon, it was not required. AAG told the court that the report which was in a sealed cover would be notified next week in respect of those colleges who have not opted for the May 3 proposal of the government for a consensual fee arrangement.
Earlier the counsel for petitioners, the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association, argued that the government action in not making the report public was a clear violation of the apex court judgment in the Islamia Academy case.
He also submitted that with the CET results being announced, the students seeking admission are required to be informed of the fee structure fixed for a particular institution to enable them to select an institution of their choice and counselling process has to be started in two weeks time.
R L Jalappa Institute of Technology has also filed a separate petition seeking a similar directive.