Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 12:
The Fee Structure Sub Committee, formed by the Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET) to determine the fee structure of the existing private engineering colleges in Odisha after studying the infrastructure facilities, has, in the meanwhile, submitted its report without having made a single field visit to these colleges.
The Committee, in its report, has stated that since it could not make the field visit due to non-cooperation of the private engineering college associations, the fee structure, recommended by it, should be implemented from the current academic session.
According to Biplab Mohanty, president of BPUT Students’ Protection Council (BSPC), who has obtained the information through Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Committee has recommended 30 percent fee hike for a number of private engineering colleges as compared to last year’s fee structure.
Alleging that the report of the Committee on the fee hike is grossly illegal, Mohanty said the authorities of some private engineering colleges have managed to convince the Committee to recommend a fee hike.
The council has urged chief minister Naveen Patnaik to immediately intervene in the matter and do the needful at the earliest.
It may be recalled that the DTET, in response to scores of allegations against collection of exorbitant fees from the students by several private engineering colleges in the state, had formed the committee on March 25 last year.