Colleges that violate the CET pact and ask for any additional amount of fee over and above what was stipulated by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), may face stern action.
A one-man committee authorized by the government to evaluate the Common Entrance Test (CET) fees, has sternly warned all professional colleges partaking in the CET not to charge any extra from students.
“Since the agreement does not have any provision for colleges to collect extra fees, we will view violations seriously and take action,” said S K Saidapur, Head, Karnataka State Professional Colleges Admission Monitoring Committee said in a statement to the New India Express.
Saidapur made the statement while reacting to the decision taken by the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA) to classify additional fees as “optional” or “mandatory”.
“I suggest that the KUPECA president withdraw the decision and his statements. As far as the fee structure is concerned, it has to be as per the mutual understanding between the institutions and government,” Saidapur, who was also the vice-chancellor of the Karnataka University, said.
According to records available in the public domain, the committee had received over 400 complaints in 2013 – most of them pertaining to issues such as non-refund and/or return of documents, additional fees, and collection of additional fees from reserved category students, and so on. In fact, there are reports that specifically suggest that 86 of the total complaints lodged were about collection of extra fees.
Citing unnamed sources, the New India Express report claims that a number of colleges were allowed in 2014 to charge additional fees up to a limit – an allegation the state government denies altogether.