Indian Government is set to fix minimum and maximum annual fee slabs for engineering and management courses. While the maximum charge slab had been established previously, this is the first time that ideas for a minimum price have been made.
According to the media, the education ministry has accepted the recommendation of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to set a minimum yearly cost of almost Rs 68,000 for an engineering course in India.
The AICTE’s panel report included recommendations for setting a minimum and maximum fee cap. For its adoption, the council has appealed to all state and union territory governments.
The minimum yearly charge for a three-year diploma study in engineering is Rs 67,900, according to the panel report, which the media has seen a copy of. The maximum annual fee is Rs 1,40,900. The minimum price for a four-year engineering degree program has been set at Rs 79,600 per annum, with the highest charge set at Rs 1,89,800.
The cost range for a postgraduate engineering program has been restricted at Rs 1,41,200 to Rs 3,04,000. The lowest and maximum ranges for a postgraduate management program have been set at Rs 85,000 and Rs 1,95,200, respectively.
Engineering and technology, management, applied arts and crafts, planning, and MCA are among the technical institutes for which the panel has proposed minimum and maximum fees.
Rajive Kumar, Member Secretary of the AICTE, confirmed the development, saying, “The panel report was accepted by the ministry early this week and we have already written to state and union territories to start implementing the fee structure.”
“It is now up to the states to review the suggestions and decide a fee structure accordingly, since each state also has its own fee review committee,” he added.
Minimum fee fixed for first time
Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh had submitted suggestions for the panel report.
Under the chairmanship of Justice Srikrishna, a former Supreme Court judge, the AICTE formed a committee to examine the present price structure and establish standards and guidelines for charging tuition and other charges. In August 2021, the committee submitted its report. The same was sent to other states and union territories for their feedback.
The report was finally delivered to the Ministry of Education after gathering input from states and UTs and thoroughly evaluating all elements.
While the maximum charge slab had been established previously, this is the first time that ideas for a minimum price have been made.