Special Correspondent

Officials feel management quota may be hiked as there is no shortage of seats

Colleges in rural areas against increasing management quota, but seek fee hike

HYDERABAD: As the government prepares to announce the dates of Common Entrance Tests for the year 2010, it is yet to have a clear idea on the sharing of seats under the management quota and convenor quota.

This year when most private colleges demanded a hike in the management quota apart from the increase in fee for all professional courses the then Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, promised on the floor of the House that a detailed study of the existing system in other States would be taken up before coming up with the government’s long term policy.

Fee hike rejected

The State government refused to hike the existing fee of Rs. 30,500 for engineering courses while accepting to increase the management quota to 30 per cent from 25 per cent. However, colleges were unhappy with the fee hike refusal and wanted additional management quota to make the institutions financially viable. Their argument was that neighbouring States provided a more flexible fee structure and sharing of seats. In Karnataka 50 per cent seats are reserved for management while the ratio is different in Tamil Nadu for different colleges.

Maharashtra too provides more seats to the college managements. These issues are likely to come up at the meeting to be held in the presence of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Friday where the government’s policy is likely to be finalised. Since there is no shortage of seats, officials feel the management quota could be hiked.

Dual purpose

It will serve two purposes – meeting the colleges demand and also reducing financial burden on the government as it reimburses the fee under Convenor quota for majority students.

Interestingly, there is a huge opposition from the rural engineering and other professional colleges not to increase management quota as there are no takers given the mushrooming of colleges. This year several colleges surrendered their management seats to the Convenor unable to attract students.

They are demanding hike in the fee for sustaining themselves.

Enhancement of management quota will only benefit the top 50 to 100 colleges in the urban areas that collect fee ranging from Rs. 4 lakhs to 10 lakhs depending on the course and college.

Rural colleges were forced to give admission with the convenor fee of Rs. 30,000 for management seats for which the fee is Rs. 90,000.