Thiruvananthapuram: Engineering aspirants can breathe a sigh of relief as the self-financing colleges have decided not to hike fee this year. They will soon enter a contract which facilitates B Tech admissions by continuing last year’s fee structure.
The managements of the self-financing colleges have requested the government to allow them to admit students who haven’t written the entrance exam and those who are eligible by the standards of AICTE, to the vacant seats. They have also asked the government to sign separate contracts with the three associations of the self- financing engineering colleges.
Besides the Kerala Self-Financing Engineering College Management Association and the Kerala Catholic Engineering College Managements Association, there is a separate association which has autonomous colleges like Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Saintgits College of Engineering and Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology as its members.
These three associations too will not demand a fee hike this year.
45,000 BTech seats
There are around 45,000 AICTE-approved BTech seats in Kerala. However, only up to 30,000 seats get filled every year. In this scenario, the Self-Financing Engineering College Managements Association has asked the government to admit those who have not written the entrance exam or those who are eligible by AICTE standards. They are trying to include this clause in this year’s contract.
Besides the two associations, the autonomous colleges’ association too has asked for a special contract from the government.
Fifty percent seats in the self-financing colleges would be filled up by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations. The college managements are allowed to admit students in 35% seats and in the NRI seats too. The managements have asked to include those who haven’t written entrance examinations as they do not get enough students from the entrance exam commissioner’s rank list to fill up the seats.
There are four kinds of fee structure in the colleges that come under the Self-Financing Engineering College Managements Association. Rs 50,000 is collected as fee for certain number of sets in the government quota, while it is Rs 75,000 for the remaining seats. Meanwhile, Rs 1.20 lakh–1.24 lakh is charged for the management seats. It will go up to Rs 1.75 lakh for the NRI seats.
In the colleges run by the Catholic managements, every seat barring the NRI quota has the same fee – Rs 75,000. Besides, an amount of Rs 1 lakh has to be paid as interest less deposit. The fee for NRI seats is 6000 US Dollars (Rs 4.4 lakh).
The autonomous colleges too follow the same fee structure.