State proposes fee slabs for engg students

Pvt managements not enthused; Over 1 lakh students pass CET

State proposes fee slabs for engg students

The declaration of Common Entrance Test (CET) results on Monday notwithstanding, the imbroglio on the fees of engineering degree courses continues, though Minister for Higher Education V S Acharya exuded confidence of resolving the issue ''in a day or two''.

The State government has proposed two slabs in the fee structure. Students, with ranking up to 25,000 on the merit list and whose family income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh, will pay Rs 30,000. Others would have to cough up Rs 35,000, Acharya announced at a press conference while releasing the CET results here on Monday.

The private college managements, however, were yet to fall in line. Acharya hoped they would eventually accept the government’s proposals saying there was no third option. According to the minister, the government was going by the consensual agreement signed in 2006.  “There is no third option (for private colleges). They cannot refer the matter to the Padmaraj Committee on fee structure,” Acharya maintained.

He warned the private colleges against “dragging up” the issue. The seat selection process will start on June 9.  Minister for Medical Education S A Ramdas said seats in government medical colleges were likely to be increased. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has completed the first round of inspection of colleges where seats have been proposed to be increased. The State government has applied for increasing the seats in Mysore Institute of Medical College from 100 to 150. The seat matrix for medical/dental courses would be announced on Tuesday, Ramdas added.

Meanwhile, the results of the entrance test held on April 27 and 28 this year were announced on Monday. Over 1 lakh students qualified in different streams. Ramya R, a student of MES PU College of Arts, Commerce, and Science, Malleshwaram, Bangalore, bagged the first rank in medical/dental, and ISM & H courses. The first rank in engineering went to Aditya P Gaonkar of Vijaya Composite PU College, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Shreya Daffney of Poomaprajna College, Udupi topped in the architecture stream.

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