Court Fixes Fee for Teachers Training Course

Court Fixes Fee for Teachers Training Course

The Madras High Court has fixed Rs.23,000 as the tuition fee to be collected by the self-financing private unaided teacher training colleges in the State for the current academic year 2008-09.

No college was entitled to collect more than the said amount now fixed.

If any amount over and above Rs.23, 000 was collected, the government was at liberty to initiate action against the management under the Tamil Nadu Educational Institutions (Prohibition of Collection of Capitation Fee) Act, 1992, said Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar.

The judge made the interim arrangement while passing orders on a miscellaneous petition arising out of a writ petition from the Self-financing ‘ Private Teacher Training Institutes Association, on Friday.

The judge also stayed the operation of an order dated August 30, 2007, constituting a committee headed by the Additional Secretary of the Education department to fix the fee structure for Teacher Training Institutes (TTI-s).

Advocate R Suresh Kumar submitted in the petition that the State Government had not constituted the Fee Committee properly as per the orders of the Supreme Court in the Unnikrishnan and TMA Pai Foundation cases.

The Apex Court had stipulated that the committee should be headed only by a retired judge of the High Court. Hence, the present committee led by the additional secretary was not a valid one.

The admission for the academic year 2008-09 had already commenced. Hence, it would not be possible for the colleges to wait for getting the approval of a valid committee, which was yet to be constituted, he stated.

The judge said that it was just and proper to prescribe a specific fee for 2008-09 pending finalisation and approval by the Fee Committee to be constituted in future. Following the practice in the Union Territory of Puducherry the judge fixed the fee at Rs.23, 000.