MUMBAI : Private law colleges in Maharashtra have been allowed to hike their fees for the first time in nine years.
Fees for both three-year and five-year LLB courses are being revised by the Fee Regulating Authority (FRA). Some colleges have been allowed to double or even triple the current fees, while in some cases the fees has been reduced.
Till now, the fees at law colleges in the state was being regulated by their respective universities. Many universities including the University of Mumbai (MU) have not changed the fee structure of their affiliated colleges for a long time.
MU had last revised the fees in 2008, when it prescribed annual fees in the range of Rs12,000 to Rs13,500 for both three-year and five-year LLB courses. However, after the state categorised law programmes as ‘professional courses’, they were brought under the FRA’s ambit, making them eligible for fee revision.
“The law colleges were brought under the FRA’s control, as the universities don’t have a mechanism to monitor the finances of individual colleges.
We have decided to fix the fees of most of the colleges in the range of ?15,000 to ?20,000. But the colleges that are offering better infrastructure and good teachers have been permitted to charge even more. Going through the audited reports of colleges’ expenditure.
They are supposed to profiteer off students’ fees,” said a member of FRA. Some colleges had hiked fees without waiting for a nod from the university.
In October 2015, HT had reported that the university had directed a law college in Goregaon to refund excess fee charged from students.
The regulator has now fixed the fees of academic year 2016-17, which will be applicable retroactively, as well as fees for 2017-18.