It coincides with deadline for paying fees and reporting to colleges

The State government will upload a list of private professional colleges falling under various categories based on the ceiling it had set for additional fee collection on Tuesday, which coincides with the deadline for paying the fees and reporting to the colleges for Common Entrance Test (CET) rank holders.

Higher Education Principal Secretary Rajneesh Goel said on Monday that the list of colleges that can charge up to Rs. 20,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 extra fee over the amount prescribed by the government will be put up on the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) website.

The names of some of these colleges are Acharya Institute of Technology, CMR Institute of Technology and RV College of Engineering (Rs. 20,000 ceiling) and SDM College of Engineering and Technology, Dharwad, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, KLS Gogte Institute of Technology, Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Ambedkar Institute of Technology and Gopalan College of Engineering (Rs. 15,000 ceiling).

Too late?

However, with over 50,000 students having paid the fees and reported to colleges, the government’s action may have come a little too late.

But Mr. Goel has assured students of action.

“If colleges have charged fees beyond the stipulated extra fees, students can approach the Karnataka State Professional Colleges Admission Monitoring Committee (headed by P. Venkataramaiah),” he said and added that the colleges will reimburse students who have paid additional fee over the stipulated ceiling.

Meanwhile, Prof. Venkataramaiah said: “I have so far issued more than 100 notices to colleges based on the complaints received from students and parents.”

He said that despite directing colleges to refund the extra fee collected in October 2012, none of the colleges have done so.

Colleges warned

Gulbarga Special Correspondent writes:

The State government has warned private medical colleges not to collect extra fees from students admitted under government quota. Students can bring to the government’s notice any such demand, Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil said in Gulbarga on Monday.

The Minister said that the government has received some complaints about private medical colleges demanding extra fees in the form of building fees and under other heads.

“The government has taken note of these complaints and the Director of the Medical Education has written to private medical colleges asking them not to collect any extra fees,” Dr. Patil said.

On the demand to bring pharmacy course under the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), the Minister said that the government would consider this demand in the next academic year.

The demand is just and such a move would streamline the admission process, Dr. Patil said.