MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government's decision to enact a legislation to extend reservations to all private unaided colleges offering professional courses in the state has made the managements of these institutes a worried lot.
Reservations already exist in all these private unaided colleges, but have so far been implemented on the basis of government resolutions (GRs) issued periodically.
"Let the Government implement 100% reservations, but let them also send the students with the fees for the courses," said Kamal Kishore Kadam, president of the Association of Managements of Unaided Private Medical & Dental Colleges of Maharashtra (AMUPMDCM).
Elaborating, Kadam, a former education minister of the state, pointed out that if the private medical colleges strictly adhered to the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms, the cost per student would be up to seven lakh rupees per year.
"Unfortunately, more than 80 per cent of them (students) cannot afford it, private colleges cannot bear the cost, capitation fees are banned and management quota seats cannot be allotted for higher fees. The only option is for the students to pay for education," Kadam said. On the other hand, the fees in government colleges are subsidised by over 90per cent. A similar scenario exists for all other private institutions offering different types of professional courses.
Forum of Private Management Institutes chairman PL Arya said a legislation would be "most welcome" though 50 per cent reservations have been in place for more than 25 years. "Now, we shall be able to demand better fee structures from the government since all private unaided institutions face a severe resource crunch," Arya said.