Thursday, April 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Private colleges split over BE fee

Private colleges split over BE fee
TNN | Apr 21, 2011, 12.11am IST

BANGALORE: After a four-year lull, get set for a murkier CET this
year. With private colleges refusing to toe the line on engineering
fee, the state government has decided to enforce a five-year-old
legislation that had been kept in abeyance mandating colleges to
reserve 50% of seats for SC/ST and backward classes students and
accept fee determined by the fee-fixation committee.

After an internal meeting with legal experts, higher education
minister V S Acharya announced that colleges which do not agree to
sign the consensual agreement over fee structure and seat-sharing
ratio for BE/BArch courses will be bound by a legislation that has
been kept in the back burner for all these years.

According to the Karnataka Educational Professional Institutions
(regulation of admission and determination of fee) Act 2006, unaided
professional colleges have to set aside 50% of seats for SC/ST and OBC
students from Karnataka, and 15% of general category seats will have
to be set aside for non-resident Indians. The fee recommended by the
justice B Padmaraj fee-regulatory committee will be applicable to such
colleges. There will also be an admissions overseeing committee to
monitor allotment of seats in such colleges.

The government had kept this legislation in abeyance as it has been
entering into a consensual agreement with private college

"There are a large number of colleges which are willing to accept Rs
30,000 fee that the government has been asking for. We invite such
colleges to enter into an agreement with us. Colleges which do not
want to toe our line can follow what the legislation mandates.
Students' interest is supreme to us. We cannot allow colleges to
charge exhorbiant fee," V S Acharya said.

While Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges' Association has
been demanding Rs 50,000, the state government wants the BE fee under
government quota to be fixed at around Rs 30,000. A few new
engineering colleges, which have been struggling to attract students,
have accepted the fee fixed by the government.

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