Private Vet College Fee Rise: Haryana ACS Orders Investigation Amid Different Positions

Almost three years after a committee set up by the Haryana government recommended an increase in tuition fees for private veterinary colleges, three more officers of the rank of chief secretary (ACS) in the livestock department have taken as many divergent positions on the new fee structure, according to official documents.

Initially in its ordinance of October 22, 2019, the ACS (Department of Livestock and Dairy Production) at the time, Sunil K Gulati, refused to accept the recommendations of the three-member panel that the director general of the ‘breeding had set up on March 22, 2019, to review the fee structure.

Later, Raja Sekhar Vundru, who is now an ACS Rank Officer, took care of the matter while he was in post as Principal Secretary (Breeding). Vundru, in a seven-page order on December 16, 2020, confirmed the fee schedule the committee recommended on July 29, 2019.

And now, in a final round, Ankur Gupta, when appointed ACS (breeding), appointed retired IAS officer OP Langayan on December 23, 2021 to conduct a preliminary investigation against three officials of the management who had recommended an increase in fees. The ACS Gupta order states that preliminary examination was ordered on two complaints from Dr Sandeep Kumar Gupta, senior scientist at Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar.

“I have been ordered by the government to investigate the issue of the fee hike in question. Very soon I will be issuing the advisories, ”said Langayan, IAS (retd), when contacted.

Litigation Commission

The state government received a request in February 2019 to review the fee structure. A three-member committee was set up on March 22 to review the fee structure for unassisted private colleges offering bachelor’s of veterinary science and animal husbandry degrees.

According to a decree of the Director General (Livestock and Dairy Production) of March 22, the state government ordered a review of the annual fee structure of private colleges offering bachelor’s programs in veterinary science and breeding. A committee made up of three senior management officers – OP Chhikara, co-director (administration), Pardeep Chauhan, responsible for credit planning, and Kuldeep Singh, account manager – has been set up. The panel was invited to review the structure of the curriculum fee structure of the International Institute for Veterinary Education and Research (IIVR), Bahu Akbarpur, Rohtak / state private institutions.

According to official records, the panel submitted a report on July 30, recommending that “the fee structure of the private veterinary college / IIVR should be revised.”

The recommended tuition structure committee for the 2019-2020 batch of students has been ??3.49 lakh (state quota), ??5.75 lakh (management quota) and US $ 88,000 (NRI quota).

Divergent positions

“I have reviewed the tariff structure of IIVER, Bahu Akbarpur, Rohtak, as decided from time to time by the Haryana State Government and the proposed revision of the same recommended by the committee, and I am not not agree with the recommendations of the committee ”, then indicated ACS Sunil K Gulati in his order of October 22, 2019.

His order further stated that the state government should not lose sight of the previous decision of the ACS-led (breeding) committee which, on December 15, 2016, changed the fee structure and mentioned that “the fee structure, if deemed necessary, will be reviewed every two years on the basis of the price index in effect at that time.

ACS Gulati pointed out that perhaps the current committee inadvertently did not delve into the subject.

After the resignation of ACS Gulati, the case was taken over by Raja Sekhar Vundru, principal secretary (breeding).

According to an order issued on December 16, 2020 by Vundru, a petition has been filed with the High Court asking the government of Haryana to increase the annual fees for BVSc and AH courses as approved by the relevant authority.

The High Court had dismissed the petition and “quashed the order of 22.10.2019 regarding the fixing of costs” and ordered the government of Haryana to “issue a new order after hearing the petitioner”.

“After hearing the petitioner (…) and after careful consideration of all relevant issues, the petition is accepted. The price list set by the departmental committee of 07.29.2019 … is maintained … “, ordered ACS Vundru in December 2020.

However, a year later, ACS (breeding) Ankur Gupta, on December 23, 2021, issued an order appointing OP Langayan, a retired IAS officer, to conduct the preliminary investigation.

“The governor of Haryana is further pleased to appoint the dean of the veterinary science faculty of LUVAS, Hisar, as the presenting officer in this investigation,” the order said, directing the group led by Langayan to submit the report. investigation to the government as soon as possible.


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