Students can pay through DDs, says KEA

Students can pay through DDs, says KEA

As confused students and parents struggle to pay online fee for admission to undergraduate professional courses, the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has relaxed the norms for payment, saying demand drafts (DDs) will also be accepted.

Indian Bank has set up a special counter where it will accept DDs issued by any bank. Also, KEA officials have declared that Saturday will be a full working day for Indian Bank and all the branches mentioned in the CET brochure. The move is aimed at helping students and parents to make payment on time.

Parents and students can make online payments on Sunday too. While July 15 is the last date for making payments, a decision on extending the deadline based on the last day’s situation would be taken later, according to Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Rajneesh Goel. He has also asked the KEA to create a separate Facebook page to address problems related to payments. Doubling the number of helplines has also been suggested.

Extra charge

The much-awaited list of 212 colleges who can charge extra fees based on the facilities they provide to students will be released soon.

According to Goel, the break-up of these colleges based on the recommendations of the one-man Venkataramaiah Committee report is as follows:

Out of a total of 212 colleges, nine will be allowed to charge fees up to Rs 20,000; 15 can charge up to Rs 15,000 and the remaining colleges can collect extra up to Rs 10,000 extra.

“Based on the 76 criteria listed in the report, colleges will be allowed to charge the extra fees. Charges like VTU fees and fees for internet/Wi-Fi, National Service Scheme (NSS), exam, college fees are mandatory. Other fees like horse riding or outings are optional,” he said.

As of 4 pm on Friday, around as 30,000 students completed admission. Of them, 12,322 paid through Indian bank, 7,886 through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS)/National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) and 9,636 through net banking. Out of the 6,1845 students who were allotted seats in the first round, 7,654 SC and ST candidates have downloaded their admission forms.

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