Plea questions fixation of school charges by way of consensual agreements


The Excessive Courtroom of Karnataka on Tuesday ordered situation of discover to the State authorities on a PIL petition questioning the legality of the federal government’s motion of fixing charges for medical, dental, and engineering programs in personal skilled faculties via consensual agreements with associations of personal faculties.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S. Vishwajith Shetty handed the order on the petition, filed by city-based advocate Ajoy Kumar Patil.

The petitioner had questioned the validity of sure provisions of the Karnataka Skilled Academic Establishments (Regulation of Admission and Willpower of Charge) Act, saying they have been in violation of constitutional provisions and an apex court docket judgment.

He contended that the personal skilled faculties in Karnataka have been “largely managed by politicians and non secular/caste teams who’ve fashioned a cartel” and that the admission coverage and payment fixation had been framed and formulated in such a fashion as to “encourage profiteering and exploitation by such faculties”. The petitioner alleged that the federal government was “aiding and abetting profiteering by personal skilled faculties within the identify of regulating the process for admission and fixation of charges”.

The petitioner additionally contended that the separate class of administration quota admissions beneath the heading of “different seats” by earmarking of 5% for it at exorbitant charges was unlawful and arbitrary, apart from being opposite to the decision of the apex court docket.

Stating that the charges for skilled faculties could possibly be fastened by the Charge Fixation Committee, as directed by the apex court docket, the petitioner contended that the charges fastened via consensual settlement yearly have been unlawful. The process of getting into into consensual agreements with associations of personal faculties can also be opposite to the Karnataka Skilled Academic Establishments (Regulation of Admission and Willpower of Charge) Act, he said.

The Bench additionally ordered situation of discover to the Karnataka Skilled Faculties Basis, the Karnataka Spiritual and Linguistic Minority Skilled Faculties Affiliation, and the Affiliation of Minority Skilled Faculties in Karnataka.

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