Engg fee to be pegged at Rs 32,000 a year

Engg fee to be pegged at Rs 32,000 a year

Private engineering colleges have been demanding to increase the fee to Rs 50,000 from last year's Rs 25,000. The government has refused to give in, and has stated that the fee will be fixed at Rs 30,000. There seems to be no end to the impasse over seat sharing and fee fixation even as the Common Entrance Test is just a week away. Opposition from students, parents and Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat is said to have compelled the government to adopt a cautious approach on the matter.

Last year, the government quota stood at 50 per cent and Rs 15,000 fee was fixed for 25 per cent seats and Rs 25,000 for the balance of seats.

Students belonging to economically weaker sections (families with annual income of less than Rs two lakh) were offered seats at a fee of Rs 15,000. However, private managements refused to fall in line and the government then declared that it would deposit Rs 10,000 for each such student.
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Comed-K had agreed to the proposal as total fee would come to Rs 25,000. However, the government is yet to deposit its contribution. The delay has prompted the private managements to seek a hike this year. It costs Rs eight crore to subsidise the engineering education this way.

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