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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rs. 7 lakh capitation fee in city schools leaves HC gasping

Expressing shock over certain private schools collecting a one time fee (OTF) of up to Rs 7 lakh per student during admission, a division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Monday said it was time to regulate school fees in Hyderabad.

“If you want your people to flourish, you should start with schools and not colleges,“ said the bench of acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice A V Sesha Sai. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Hyderabad Schools Parents Association (HSPA) challenging OTF because it is collected over and above the regular fee.

“There is a need to bring in regulatory mechanism to stop this ridiculous practice of OTF,“ Justice Bhosale said.

Kalpana Ekbote, the counsel for the association told the court that the OTF is nothing, but banned capitation fee now brought in with a new name. Referring to the Telangana government's drive against errant professional colleges and the establishment of a fee regulatory committee, Justice Bhosale told the state counsel A Sanjeev Kumar that the situation was grave after Kumar told the court that their own survey had revealed that 160 schools in Hyderabad are collecting OTF from Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh.

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