PUNE: In the past eight years, none of the affiliated colleges to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has revised their annual fee structure. Although, various reasons like drought and other problems were cited behind the reason, it has severely affected the day today functioning of many colleges besides affecting minor projects of the colleges, payment of various bills.
Steering the attention towards this problem, a proposal has been submitted by senate members to be taken up for the discussion at the senate meeting to be held on Saturday.
Professor Sanjay Chakne, a senate member highlighted that since 2010, there has been no increase in fee at any of the colleges affiliated to university. This has caused several inconvenience in smooth functioning of colleges.
He has also demanded that in regards to aforesaid issue, a fee regulatory committee should be set up by the university to process the fee revision on regular basis. Apparently, there was no provision made for the revision of the fees in the Maharashtra Public University Act, 1994.
While, responding to a question asked on existence of fee regulatory body, pro-vice-chancellor of SPPU, NS Umarani informed that since 2015, no fee regulatory committee is in existence, after the tenure of previous committee's was over.
“There is an urgent need to revise the fee structure of the colleges. In 2012-13, while heading the fee regulatory committee, I had recommended fee hike in courses at academic council but it was revered. The reasons cited then were natural calamities had hit some part of Maharashtra and similar reasons due to which the fees were never increased. But now in the present scenerio, there is a need to hike fees,” said Dattatarya Balsaraf, principle of Indrani Mahavidalay, Talegaon Dabhade and a former senate member.
There are other proposals submitted by senate members too on the similar issues. Shashikant Tikote, a senate member suggested to collect fee for the degree certificates along with examination fees at the college or university. Dadabhau Shinalkar, senate member proposed that skill based work should be given to students working in national service scheme (NSS) and earn and learn scheme in view of skill development in students. Santosh Dhore, senate member has proposed to make Marathi subject compulsory for all courses for English and Marathi medium students in the university and many others.