The Jammu & Kashmir Committee for Fixation of Fee Structure of the Private Educational Institutions was established in the year 2013. Honb’le Mr. Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki was appointed as its first Chairman. Mr. Justice Nazki resigned in the year 2014 due to which the Committee remained non-functional for a long time. It has now been revived in the year 2015 vide Government Order No: 344 of 2015 dated 21-4-2015.
In terms of the judgment and orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Jammu &Kashmir theCommittee is empowered to regulate the fees structure of the Private Educational Institutions of the State and consider the cases of enhancement of tuition and other fees being charged by such Schools.
The private schools have been asked to submit the details of the infrastructure of the school and facilities they offer to the students. They have been asked to submit the fee details charged from the students, like amount charged at the stage of admission, fee per month of each class and bus charges. As per the guidelines, the schools have to justify their fee structure as per their infrastructure. They have also been asked to submit the details regarding the qualification of the teachers and salaries that are paid to them. They have been asked to disclose the financial sources, property owned by school and the buses owned or leased by the school.
The Committee has prescribed a proforma on which necessary information is being obtained from the Schools. Where enhancement of fees structure is prayed by the School, such Schools furnish requisite information on such proforma. So far the Committee has received about 310 applications out of which 229 are from Kashmir province and 81 applications from Jammu province by the Schools on the said proforma. All these cases have been examined. Out of these cases have been disposed off so far. Rest of the cases are pending for want of necessary documents from the Schools. All such Schools have been informed about it through website/telephone.
The Committee has examined the prayer of some of the leading Schools of the State like Burn Hall School, Srinagar, Presentation Convent Scholl, Srinagar and Jammu, TyndleBisco School, Srinagar, Mallinson Girls Hr. Secondary School, Delhi Public School, Budgam, St. Joseph’s School, Baramulla etc. and found that in view of the huge income of the Schools, the Schools were not entitled to any hike in their fees structure. This has provided a great relief to the parents of the students studying in these Schools.