Engineering admissions this academic year may witness reverse migration of students from convener quota in ordinary private colleges to management quota in reputed engineering colleges, thanks to the government’s decision to ban donations.

Despite wishful thinking in some quarters that the government may back out from the online admission process of management quota seats, the Higher Education Department is all set to come out with an order any time.

A demonstration of merit-based online admission process under the management quota will be given to the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday. The Centre of Good Governance is fine-tuning the online web portal of management quota seats to bring in complete transparency.

At least 30,000 to 40,000 students are expected to migrate from convener quota of lesser known colleges to management quota in reputed colleges.

Under the new transparent system of admissions, parents will prefer to choose better colleges among the lot for their children even if they have to pay higher fee in the 87 colleges in the range of Rs. 50,000 to over Rs.1 lakh.

“The allotment of seats will be made to the applicants only after synchronising both the convener and management quota websites,” officials said.

With a glut of seats in 717 engineering colleges, less number of aspirants and ban on donations, it is the infrastructure and academic faculty that will make the mark. Even among the 87 colleges charging higher fee, only 50 colleges are said to have good infrastructure and faculty.

While 3.42 lakh seats including 1.07 lakh seats in the management quota are up for grabs, 2.07 lakh students have qualified in the Eamcet. Of them, one lakh would be covered under the fee-reimbursement scheme.

Meanwhile, it is expected that at least 300 colleges may soon wind up operations once the task force commences inspections and finds that they do not meet the standards. The social and tribal welfare departments have already begun negotiations with at least six colleges to take their buildings on lease or even purchase them to run engineering colleges and polytechnics for SCs and STs with the sub-plan funds.