TN colleges cleared to collect fees in three installments for current academic year – The New Indian Express


Express press service

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday that it has allowed self-funded colleges to collect fees for the current academic year in three instalments.

Private schools and colleges in the state had challenged the government order that barred them from collecting fees due to the pandemic lockdown.

Illango Henry Das, joint secretary of the Department of Higher Education, said in the affidavit that the state imposed an order on April 20 prohibiting private schools and colleges from charging fees during the shutdown period. Schools and colleges, however, have requested an interim directive preventing authorities from ordering them to follow the government order.

During the hearing, it was submitted to Judge R Mahadevan that a proposal to collect fees in the form of installments should be considered by the government. The court also ordered the government to come up with a plan not based on the fee-setting committee but based on the problems faced by both parents and institutions.

The Education Department in its affidavit argued that even semester exams at all private engineering, polytechnic and arts colleges cannot take place due to the lockdown. A decision on the exams has yet to be made by the government. Therefore, the collection of fees does not arise.

The Department of Higher Education also said that it cannot be accepted that the lack of funds in schools and colleges is hurting their finances, as institutions have to use their accumulated reserve funds for the payment of staff salaries. .

It was also said that as directed by the High Court, the President of the All India Private Educational Institutions Association has submitted a proposal to collect the fees in three equal installments for the current academic year in August 2020, December 2020 and April 2021.

The government, after careful consideration, accepted this and allowed self-funded colleges to charge fees as per the decision of the fee setting committee.

The court is due to hear the case on Friday.

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday that it has allowed self-funded colleges to collect fees for the current academic year in three instalments. Private schools and colleges in the state had challenged the government order that barred them from collecting fees due to the pandemic lockdown. Illango Henry Das, joint secretary of the Department of Higher Education, said in the affidavit that the state imposed an order on April 20 prohibiting private schools and colleges from charging fees during the shutdown period. Schools and colleges, however, have requested an interim directive preventing authorities from ordering them to follow the government order. During the hearing, it was submitted to Judge R Mahadevan that a proposal to collect fees in the form of installments should be considered by the government. The court also ordered the government to come up with a plan not based on the fee-setting committee but based on the problems faced by both parents and institutions. The Education Department in its affidavit argued that even semester exams at all private engineering, polytechnic and arts colleges cannot take place due to the lockdown. A decision on the exams has yet to be made by the government. Therefore, the collection of fees does not arise. The Department of Higher Education also said that it cannot be accepted that the lack of funds in schools and colleges is hurting their finances, as institutions have to use their accumulated reserve funds for the payment of staff salaries. . It was also said that as directed by the High Court, the President of the Association of Private Educational Institutions of India has submitted a proposal to collect the fees in three equal installments for the current academic year in August. 2020, December 2020 and April 2021. After careful consideration, the government accepted this and allowed self-funded colleges to collect fees as per the decision of the Fee Setting Committee. The court is due to hear the case on Friday.

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