Ramadoss irked by hike in fees

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Chennai, June 6 (UNI) Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader S Ramadoss today criticised the DMK Government for announcing the fee structure in self financing professional colleges unilaterally without consulting its allies.

Talking to newspersons here, Dr Ramadoss, whose party is a key ally of the ruling DMK, accused the Government of violating alliance 'dharma' by not consulting the allies while taking decisions on important issues.

The decision to allow the self-financing colleges to collect an annual fee of Rs 62,500 from students who seek admissions under the management quota as against last year's fee of Rs 32,500, was a clear move to favour the private colleges, he said.

Dr Ramadoss said it was unfortunate that the Government had announced the recommendations of the Justice Balasubramanian Committee, constituted to fix the fee structure for self financing colleges, when the PMK had convened a workshop to discuss the issue.

Flaying the Government for announcing the fee structure without waiting for the outcome of the workshop, he said the PMK would consult other allies and decide on launching an agitation against the high fee structure recommended by the Commission.

The PMK leader said the Commission's recommendation to almost double the fee structure was a severe blow to poor students. If the self-financing colleges were allowed to collect the exorbitant fees, higher education would become a distant dream for the poor and middle class students, he opined.

The Government could not expect its allies to endorse such decisions. When he questioned such decisions, he was dubbed a betrayer, he lamented, asking ''do they want us to blindly support their decisions.'' More UNI WS NY PM1633

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