Uttar Pradesh government has directed private engineering colleges in the state to extend fee concession to SC/ST and OBC student or else face action including withdrawal of affiliation.

“If any institute charges fee from SC/ST, OBC or poor students then an FIR will be lodged against it or its affiliation may be withdrawn. In serious cases, both the action could be taken,” a government spokesman said here.

The government had earlier issued orders directing private institutes to extend fee waiver to SC/ST students and concession of upto Rs 25,000 to OBC candidates and general category candidates, whose family income is less than one lakh rupees per annum.

“The institutes have been directed not to charge the amount in fee from the students at the time of admission. It will be borne by the social welfare and backward welfare departments,” he said.

Despite the directives, the government has received complaints that institutions were charging the fee from such students at the time of admission, the spokesman said.

“If any institute demand fee from the students then they can lodge a complaint with technical education department, concerned Divisional Commissioner and District Magistrate,” he said.

“If the complaint is found to be true, then the institute will be de-affiliated from the UP Technical University,” he added.