MyFightAgainstCapitationFee

Towards education that is re-linked to human values and is de-linked from commercialisation.

How can we stop the practice of charging capitation fee? Participate, Help, Get Involved

Culture in the society can be refined through Education, the source being inherent. If ‘Respect for all beings’ has to emerge, educational processes has to be built on the loftiest and noblest processes of dedication and giving. It will never arise when the focus is on ‘Return on Investment’ and is available for purchase in shopping malls that pose as educational institutions. It will not happen when “teachers” are focused on achieving their career objectives instead of giving their commitment to students. To make a diversionary remark – Mother Theresa’s death happened on Teachers Day.

Despite instructions from the Supreme Court of India, and legal pronouncements banning the charging of capitation fee (or in names similar to them), many institutions continue to take capitation fee. Capitation fee for medicine touches a crore, and for engineering and business instruction, it is in lakhs. Now some nursery and primary schools also charge similar fee. While these institutes charges such high fee, the lower cadre employees of these institutes, who engage in the so-called menial jobs, are paid a pittance. These for-profit companies have benefited from the society and the government, posing themselves as educational institutions. They have received funds, subsidies and financial exceptions, and advantages in land acquisitions. The field of higher education is one of the three major contributors and sustainers of black money in India.

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Charging fee for education is unidealistic, running an educational institution for making monetary profits is unidealistic and unethical, and charging capitation fee is unidealistic, unethical and illegal. As the practice of capitation fee continues, the Supreme Court, in August 2014, appointed Mr Salman Khurshid, former Union Law Minister, as an amicus curiae, and asked him to come out with suggestions to end this practice of taking capitation. India is known for committees and meetings and committees and meetings. So be it. If this is the way India works, let it work that way, but work we will.

You may or may not have taken a bribe. You may or may not have given a bribe. Doesn’t matter. As citizens of this country, as inheritors of this glorious culture, as shapers of this nations destiny, it is important that we involve ourselves in the education of our nation. And thus, the below are four questions for you to which your response is asked or requested.

As a citizen of India,

1. What is/ are your suggestion/s to Mr Salman Khurshid, to the Supreme Court, and to the various governmental authorities to stop the practice of capitation fee?

2. What can you do to promote and support educational institutions that are not connected to commercialization, and is rooted and connected to human values?

3. How can you help in creating an education system that is re-linked to the values of nobility?

4. If you are associated with an institution that is taking capitation fee, how can you ensure that this institution stops this practice?

Make your suggestions specific. Give your responses in the comments section. Click on “Leave a comment” that you will find at the beginning of this blog post, or scroll down below to find the “Leave a Reply” space. You can post comments without giving your email id and name. You are also welcome to share this blog and its articles to as many people as possible.

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10 responses to “How can we stop the practice of charging capitation fee? Participate, Help, Get Involved

  1. Ajith December 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    1. What is/ are your suggestion/s to Mr Salman Khurshid, to the Supreme Court, and to the various governmental authorities to stop the practice of capitation fee?

    a. The trusts or societies or companies or other organisational bodies that run educational institutions should release their audited income-expenditure statements in the public domain by posting those accounting statements in the websites of their educational institutions. Government should enact this as a law.
    b. Some of these corrupt institutions generate significant amount of money from governmental agencies and funding organizations like DST, UGC, AICTE, various ministries of state and central government etc. This should be stopped. Funding research projects, fellowships, conferences, workshops, centres of excellence, and other funding programmes for such capitation fee taking institutes should no longer happen.
    c. Multiple entrance exams has become a huge financial burden for students, while it has become a revenue model for profiteering, and another instance of flouting of prevailing admission norms. Let there be a professional body that can institute and coordinate a single common entrance exam for every professional areas like management, medicine, pharmacy or engineering. Let admissions be made from these scores through a single-window channel.
    d. Members of the trust and senior administrators of institutions that engage in such illegal practices should face legal consequences, including confiscation of their real-estate properties and financial assets. If a common man has to pay a fine for a minor traffic violation, why should the rules of the game be different for major legal violations?
    e. Founding fathers of Indian constitution gave exceptions to minority groups – on the basis of caste, religion, language etc. from the typical operating practices. Those who are a majority in one region of the country were a minority in another region of India. The founding fathers done this with a noble and benevolent intention. However, in many cases, such noble intentions as envisaged by the founding fathers of India are not respected by such minority institutions. They use this “minority status” as a loophole.
    f. Display boards in every educational institution that lists out phone numbers of anti-corruption agencies that people can contact. These boards should also mention prominently that giving and taking capitation fee is illegal. In many cases, such fees are collected by misleading the students, and in certain cases, such similar fee are collected, through subtle manipulation.
    g. Provide whistle-blower protection.

    2. What can you do to promote and support educational institutions that are not connected to commercialization, and is rooted and connected to human values?

    I can inform my networks about institutions that offers cost-effective and values based education, and support such institutions and students in all possible ways. For this, i need to make a conscious effort to offer my time, energy, knowledge to students, faculty and administrators from such institutions. (Think about the possibility where the CEOs of the top 20 IT companies in India decides that they will not recruit any student from an institution that takes capitation fee, and they will recruit students from only those institutes that operate legally and ethically! In a couple of years, most students will not join engineering colleges that takes capitation fee. IT companies – this is also CSR!). I can also share my monetary resources with such institutions that are not connected to commercialization and is rooted in human values.

    4. If you are associated with an institution that is taking capitation fee, how can you ensure that this institution stops this practice?

    a. Inform the management of the institution that this is an illegal practice.
    b. Tell your peers and colleagues about the illegality of such practices.
    c. Be corruption-free in one’s own daily practices. Lead a life untouched by corruption, irrespective of what is happening all around. Participate in active non-cooperation from practices and processes that are related to corruption.

    • Naveen Karthik December 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Wow. Mind-boggling response. Especially, “IT Companies, this is also CSR”

      • Anonymous December 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        Naveen, then what would be your response towards the dedication and sacrifice of those who contributed to creating and sustaining this glorious land known as Bharat/ India? Did you read the blog about Emperor Harshavardhana?

  2. yathish Kumar katapady December 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I am very glade to join this forum and lend possible support for fight against capitation fee I led the group of parents we together fought against a taking donations in english medium schoo in katapady and made them to give back the amouint to students .But after our childrens left the school now they again started to take donations . no parents are coming forward now to fight We cant interfere now because our childrens are not there.
    I have studied the karnataka education act. there is rules But i noticed that with the corrupt officeres of education dept schools are doing this corrupt practice if the rules are eplmented then this taking capitation fees will be stopped. corruption in education dept should be stopped and the accounatability to fixed to this officer. we have to be work on that aspect.
    And u can see most of the schools and colleges arefrom politicians . they make officials to bend the rules.

    yathish kumar katapady

  3. VIJAY RAJ R December 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

    My view is of that government should ban all the trusts. Every college which collects capitation fee has a trust in their name and collect it as a donation for the trust which is neither entitled to tax which indirectly reflects in reduced social spending by the govt nor directly goes to the needy. Now there are so much talk about the black money and one of the top black money generators are our educational institution. Everyone including politician and bureaucrats know this but why are they not against this. Because those institutions are one of their main sources of income. Our governance that was envisaged by constitution makers were perfect but corrupted by our politician. Basically we should see a transformation in the mindset of politicians and people should be aware of whom they are selecting to govern them.

  4. Anonymous December 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

    The people who charge commercialise education invest in irrelevant infrastructure (air-conditioned class rooms and conference halls and meeting rooms, and teaching methods and materials irrelevant to India). This soon becomes the norm, and genuine people finds it difficult to start a new institution due to the huge investment that is required.

  5. nirmal December 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Centeralised fees collection channel… which shouod be controled by IAS or retired judges

  6. Darsan December 21, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Exploitation of education in any from is highly condemnable. The practice of capitation further deteriorates the possibility of a value based education, which is the need of the hour. Institutes of learning, must come forward with innovative practices to make education affordable to all. All measures in this regard should be appreciated and supported.

  7. Anonymous December 22, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Those institutions, who get capitation fee are the ones gained a good name, holds a reputation among companies, shows 100% placement record or Pass percentage etc. Whereas, Government schools and institutions do not meet these standards and compete effectively with the private ones. No common man would voluntarily pay capitation fee when he/she gets it in a Govt. institution. So, Measures to improve govt institutions and a rule suggesting all the kids of government employees must study only in Govt. institutions help making education affordable to all.

    • Anonymous1 December 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Government institutions should compete not with private ones, but with themselves, in improving their commitment to society. Otherwise, govt colleges will also start “show”. To compete with the “show” of 100%, govnmnt institutions will now “show” 101%. Instead of giving gift vouchers to gullible press-people to create reputation, institutions of learning can spend that money for causes that benefit the people living nearby – distributing fruit tree saplings amongst the people in nearby villages, organising ‘Annadaanam’ and giving the highest levels of sincerity in maintaining the sanctity of education.

      The suggestion that kids of government employees need to study in government institutions is a bold idea.

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