Govt unlikely to allow self-financing engg colleges to hike fees

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government is unlikely to allow an increase in the fees for engineering seats in self-financing colleges this year also. The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE), Kerala, will initiate the admission procedures as soon as the government provides details of the affiliation of colleges and the agreement arrived at with the managements of self-financing engineering colleges.

While the A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University — the erstwhile KTU — has already submitted the affiliation details of colleges to the government, an agreement with the managing bodies is likely to be signed by the government on July 21.

However, there has been no progress in the efforts by the government to arrive at a deal with the Christian managements. The Christian institutions in the state had submitted a list of demands to the government, but the latter is yet to respond.

Similarly, there is no clarity on a recent government order to allow the managements to fill engineering seats which would lapse after the completion of all allotments with students who did not take the entrance exam.

According to All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) stipulations, engineering admission procedures have to be completed by September 15.

At the same time, CEE, Kerala, can start MBBS admissions only after the National Medical Commission (NMC) announces the date.

Order on three IHRD college seats

The Kerala Government has issued an order converting 75 percent seats in all branches at the engineering colleges under the Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD) at Attingal, Kottarakkara and Poonjar as government seats.

Similarly, 75 percent seats in branches except Computer Science will be government seats at IHRD’s Adoor, Cherthala, Kallooppara and Karunagappally engineering colleges. Students who are allotted these seats need to pay only the low government fees.

The government has also introduced new-gen courses such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at IHRD engineering colleges this year.

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