Acting on the proposals made by some colleges, the State government has constituted a Standing Committee under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) Dr Eurico Santana da Silva for reviewing the fee structure in private professional colleges.
The Committee will consider proposals for fixation of fee structure for the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)-approved private-run un-aided technical institutions in the State and for the professional institutes for which centralised admissions are conducted by the State, Dy Director of Technical Education Pradip Kusnur told Herald.
The AICTE-approved institutes operating in the states are: Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Rayeshwar Institute of Technology, Shiroda, PES College of Pharmacy, Farmagudi, Agnel Institute of Food and Culinary Science, Guardian Angel Institute of Hotel Management and Technical Technology and Shri Kamakshi Homeopathy College, Shiroda.
Sandeep Singhal (Regional officer - WRO AICTE0, S S Dalvi (chartered accountant), Dr Dilip Deobagkar (Vice-Chancellor, Goa University), Secretary (Technical Education) and Dr J Chandrashekhar (Director of Technical Education) are the other members of the Standing Committee appointed by the government.
There were several proposals from the above colleges to review the fees in view of the high costs of the infrastructure and maintenance including the salaries of faculty members, the deputy director said.
Kusnur added, the Committee will study the proposals for revision in fees based on their past and present expenditure and income.
The Committee is expected to submit its report to the government within three months, Kusnur said.
Presently, the students are paying Rs 24,550 for engineering and pharmacy while the fee for homeopathy is Rs 27,750.
Apart from this, the fee for NRIs is $50,000 for a complete course in medicine while NRIs opting for engineering, architecture and pharmacy have to pay $3,000 per annum.