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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Parliamentary panel recommends Rs. 1 crore penalty for capitation fees!


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Special Correspondent, The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 1, 2011.

File photo of activists demonstrating against medical colleges demanding capitation fees for management seats in Kolkata.
File photo of activists demonstrating against medical colleges demanding capitation fees for management seats in Kolkata - The Hindu Photo Gallery.

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development has recommended the imposition of a maximum penalty of Rs. one crore on those technical and medical institutions which charge capitation fees from students.
In its report on the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Education Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, tabled in the Rajya Sabha here on Monday, the committee has also recommended that different penalties be imposed for different violations in proportion to the offence, and asked the Department to work out the quantum of penalty on a case-to-case basis and not on a uniform basis.
“A major and minor violation cannot be treated as equal and a uniform amount of penalty for all types of offences is against the principle of natural justice,” it observed, while leaving it for the government to fix the minimum penalty.
It has further held that smaller penalty on institutes charging capitation fee
will not be considered an effective deterrent, going by the high rates of capitation fee charged by them for seats in medical colleges.
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