Gandhinagar: A committee set up to reduce college tuition fees in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic has proposed a 10 percent reduction as a relief for parents of students, the Gujarat High Court announced on Monday. The Supreme Court hears PIL seeking a 25 percent reduction in college fees.The separating bench of Judges JB Pardiwala and IJ Vora submitted the matter for hearing on March 26 so that the attorney general could get proper instructions from the national government.
“The attorney general made the statement at a hearing that the two committees appointed in September last year recommended a 10% reduction (in colleges),” said Advocate Ronith Joy representing petitioner Mita Brahmbhatt in the PIL.
The court was told earlier that the government was setting up two separate committees, one to deal with tuition fees and the other to pay for non-professional tuition fees.
Both committees are headed by retired Justice Akshay Mehta. The applicant has asked for a court order from the state government to reduce college fees in the same way in which a 25 percent reduction in school fees as a relief to parents of students.
The government should pass a similarity and similarity to college students because both their parents were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the application said. The national government, in September last year, asked private schools to deduct 25 percent of their annual fees.