Nearly a decade after the Supreme Court verdict, the Congress-NCP government is all set to bring in a comprehensive legislation to regulate admissions and fees in private medical and engineering colleges from the 2013-14 academic session.
In the P A Inamdar case, the SC had observed that the state government can regulate admissions and the fee structure of private professional institutions to prevent profiteering, ensure merit-based admissions, transparency and also ensure students are not exploited.
“We have drafted the new law keeping in mind the views expressed by the SC. We expect to place the draft Act before cabinet as early as possible and a comprehensive bill will be introduced during the winter session of the state legislature,” a senior bureaucrat told TOI on Tuesday.
Medical education minister Vijay Kumar Gavit, too, confirmed that the government will soon bring in a law to regulate admissions and fee structure in private professional educational institutions.
Elaborating on the new proposal, the bureaucrat said, it has been proposed to set up a seven member regulatory authority headed by an official of the rank of principal secretary or former vice-chancellor of a state or central university. It will be binding on all private professional educational institution to furnish specific information on fee structure and on the basis of such information the authority shall declare minimum fee structure for every academic year.
The authority shall ensure that the process of admission to any course in any private educational institution is conducted in a fair and transparent manner and if it found that the admission has been done in violation of law then such admission shall be cancelled.
On admission, allocation of seats and fee process, it has been proposed that every private professional educational institution shall ensure that at least 75 per cent of the candidates admitted to each professional course, excluding foreign and NRIs, are domiciled in the state of Maharashtra. All admissions shall be granted only on the basis of the inter se merit determined by a common entrance test conducted by the government or by an authority appointed by it and the admission process shall be centralised.
Violation of the Act or rules will attract a maximum punishment of imprisonment which may extend to three years and a fine of not less than Rs 20 lakh, which may extend to Rs one crore.