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UDF meet to discuss fee structure

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Aug. 20. A meeting of the UDF high power committee is being convened on August 22 to give a political framework for the four-member Cabinet sub-committee that will soon deliberate on the fee structure in self-financing professional institutions.

The Finance Minister, K. Sankaranarayanan, is the new member of the panel. The other members of the reconstituted panel, P.K. Kunhalikutty, K.M. Mani and P. Sankaran, were members of the earlier committee also.

The UDF meeting has been convened to give an opportunity to the constituents to air their political views on the issue. Following this, the Cabinet sub-committee will hold discussions with all those concerned and attempt to arrive at a fair understanding of the fee structure.

The earlier panel had already formulated a graded fee structure on the basis of annual income to benefit economically weak students. The appointment of the Cabinet sub-committee is a clear indication that the Government is in no mood to accept the LDF demand that the fee structure in merit seats in self-financing institutions be on a par with the fee structure in Government colleges.

The UDF convener, Oommen Chandy, and Government officials had made it clear that it would not be practical to implement the LDF demand. The Cabinet sub-committee would have the onerous task of bringing around the self-financing college managements, some of which are in a belligerent mood, to its views.

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