Engg course to cost more

Engg course to cost more

Govt, private colleges settle on continuing seat-sharing formula

Engg course to cost more

 
As part of the settlement reached between the government and private engineering college, the fee structure for this year’s CET was finalised on Friday, but the only noticeable difference was the fees for General Merit candidates which was increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per year.

With talks on a common CET heading for a dead end, the government and the managements settled for last year’s 50-50 arrangement.

The government quota in the seat-sharing ratio for minority institutions will be 45 per cent with private managements getting the rest. Announcing the seat-sharing formula and the fee structure after a meeting with private college managements, State Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali said “the fees for general merit candidates has been increased after the managements repeatedly expressed concerns about the expenses involved in providing quality education.”

Limbavali said that the fees for the “poor meritorious” category will remain the same as last year’s Rs 15,000 per year. However, the government has agreed to pay an additional Rs 10,000 directly to the managements for each seat in the category.

Government subsidy
“Students who have secured a rank beyond 20,000 with a family annual income of Rs 2 lakh or less will be eligible for the poor meritorious quota. The government will pay Rs 10,000 to the management for each seat as subsidy for a student,” Limbavali said, adding that the total subsidy the government would give would amount to Rs 5 crore.

This year’s CET counselling will again be carried out in three rounds over 65 days and students who have completed their second PUC via supplementary examinations too will be included. However, new colleges seeking inclusion in the seat matrix will be considered only before counselling and not after the counselling procedure commenced.
Students who have completed their diploma courses and are seeking admission via lateral entry into the counselling procedure will also be eligible for the poor meritorious quota. Limbavali said, “fifty per cent of students seeking lateral entry will have to pay Rs 25,000 and the rest will have to pay Rs 15,000 under the poor meritorious quota.”

The minister said that next year’s seat-sharing, fee structure and the matter of common CET will be addressed by the proposed Karnataka Examination Authority Act. Limbavali said the admission and fee fixation committee for CET 2011 will be set up soon in accordance with the Union Human Resource Development Ministry’s new guidelines.

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