Panaji, June 16, 2018 …  A news item ‘Abolish Capitation fees in Educational Institutions` has appeared in a section of press. In this regards the Directorate of Technical Education clarified that there have been no instances of charging Capitation fees by Professional Colleges in the State of Goa.

          Capitation fees being charged by Professional colleges constitutes is an illegal practice, inviting penal action, as held in various Supreme Court judgment, as also provisions of the statutory authority for Technical Education in India viz. AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).

          Admissions to Professional colleges (Engineering ) in the State of Goa are carried out under the Centralized admission process of  Directorate of Technical Education, purely on merit, based on Goa Common Entrance Test Scores (GCET).

          Directorate of Technical Education further stated that, 210 seats referred to in the news item pertain to Management Quota of 25% of the total seats in four Private Engineering Colleges in the State, which have been duly approved by the Government, after obtaining approval from Law Department.

          Admission to these Management Quota seats are to be carried out by these Private Institutions, subject to the conditions, specified by  Admissions to be carried out on merit, determined by Common Entrance Test. Fees to be charged as recommended by State Fee Committee, constituted by the Government. All Rules and Regulations of Statutory regulatory authority viz. AICTE to be adhered to which are specified by Hon. Supreme Court in P.A. Inamdar v/s. State of Maharashtra & T.M.A Pai v/s. State of Karnataka.

In compliance with the mandate of Hon. Supreme Court Judgments, and regulations of AICTE, State Government has constituted State Fee Fixation Committee, since 2004, headed by Retd. High Court judge, the fee recommendation of this Committee has been approved by the Government and implementation in these Private Professional College in the State.

Thus, there is no basis in the news item, which alleges that Capitation fees are charged in Private Professional Colleges and admissions are not carried out on the basis of merit.

Any instance of charging Capitation fee for admission to Private Professional Colleges can be reported to statutory regulatory authorities