Dr Jeppiar, chairman, Consortium of Self-Financing Professional Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu, gave a memorandum to Yadav which explained the key problems faced by the colleges.
The high fee structure was a common complaint against colleges in the southern states. Openly commenting on the capitation issue, Dr G P C Nayar, chairman, Kerala Self-Financing Engineering College, said, "Increase in fee structure should be allowed to avoid capitation."
The chairman said that the committee will recommend a common fee structure for all colleges and added that the deciding authority was the State Government.
According to AICTE norms, at least 10 to 12 PhD holders are expected to be part of the faculty in a college of 240 students.
The shortage of lecturers is a problem that the AICTE hopes to resolve by relaxing the norms and allowing teachers with only ME, M Tech and MS degrees to join the faculty.
The AICTE chairman announced that as a short term measure, approvals will be given to colleges with a faculty strength of 75 percent, trusting that they will bring in industry people or guest lecturers to fill in the vacancies.