Engineering colleges warned on extra fees, and may be charged if this continues

Bangalore: The government on Tuesday threatened to report private engineering college managements to the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and “other regulatory bodies” if they continue to charge extra fees from students admitted under the government quota through the Common Entrance Test (CET).

Media Confirmed that colleges were asking students to pay fees over and above the prescribed government quota seat fee of around Rs. 30,000. For instance, a student who obtained a seat in the Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology had to pay an additional Rs. 18,775. A copy of the challan (dated August 27) issued by the institute is now in the hands of media.

A circular on the college notice-board offers a break-up for this ‘extra’ component, which goes to 16 separate heads, including ‘language fee’, ‘health check-up fee’, ‘placement and training fee’, and ‘CIL soft-skill training’.

When contacted, P. Venkataramiah, the one-man committee appointed by the government to oversee professional admissions, said he had received 35 complaints against engineering colleges and eight against medical colleges. Terming these developments “unfortunate”, he said he had issued notices to these institutes seeking an explanation for violating the agreement between the government and the colleges. The institutions had been given three weeks to reply.

Siddaiah, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, told media that the department would continue to “mount pressure on college managements”, adding that the department was yet to take a call on whether students who had already paid would get a refund.

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