The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has now directed all the technical colleges and engineering institutes with its affiliation, to have minimum fees for the various courses for the students. AICTE has issued a notice to all the states across India to lower down the fees of the engineering courses. Though the Human Resource Development (HRD) constituted committee is yet to fix minimum fee (Tuition and Development) for all the AICTE recognized technical colleges.
AICTE affiliated technical colleges to have minimum fee
The reason why the All India Council for Technical Education has planned the minimum fee is due to the recommendation of the regulatory body, the National Fee Committee constituted by the government. This government appointed committee wanted to keep a tap on the maximum fee charged from the students by the technical institutes across India. In 2016, the committee had recommended to lower down the amount of the tuition fee for various engineering and MBA courses.
Last year, on the recommendation of the National Fee Committee, the AICTE had made it mandatory for its technical institutes to enforce the minimum fee for tuition and development as per the guidelines set by the 10-member panel in 2014. AICTE had also made it clear that the technical institutes who will violate the rules and will not implement the minimum fee can lose AICTE recognition and will have to face legal proceedings.
Minimum fee implemented at AICTE recognized colleges
Post the recommendations, the AICTE has asked the committee to fix the minimum fee for all the 7000 engineering colleges and technical institutes affiliated to it. Various technical institutes has lowered down the fee by Rs 30,000 for every semester. After the recommendation by the committee but they have urged the committee to fix a certain minimum fee. It is speculated that the National Fee Committee will now fix the maximum fee (tuition and development) fee for all technical courses including the four year engineering (B Tech or BE), for two-year MBA, MTech, MCA, B Arch and B Pharma.
However, all the accredited institutes can charge additional 20 percent and autonomous technical institutes can charge additional 10 percent tuition fees. The implementation of the minimum fee will not be applicable on the IITs as they are not recognized by the AICTE.