Colleges implementing the scheme will be allowed to increase the seats they lose out

HYDERABAD: The State Government has decided to implement the tuition fee waiver scheme for women, economically backward and physically-challenged meritorious students in technical institutions, proposed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Colleges implementing the scheme would be allowed to increase the seats they lose out due to the implementation of the scheme. “Government has positively responded to the scheme and it would be implemented from this academic year,” K.C. Reddy, Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) told The Hindu.

Under the scheme, for every 60 sanctioned strength in a discipline of study, tuition fee waiver would be given to two woman candidates, three economically weaker students (annual income of parents less than Rs. 2.5 lakhs) and one physically-challenged student based on merit.

In the event of non-availability of students in a specific category as above, the benefit would be given to any other candidate of other categories according to merit.

The institution in turn would be allowed to admit 10 per cent of its sanctioned intake or the number of actual tuition fee waiver granted by the institution, whichever is lower, as an additional intake in the same discipline. The scheme is open for bachelors programmes in engineering, pharmacy, hotel management & catering technology, architecture and applied arts and crafts.

Prof. Reddy said the counselling authorities would sanction the seat if the colleges express their willingness to the scheme. Students would be offered the seat under the scheme during the counselling time itself to plug any misuse and authorities would ask for an undertaking from the student.

“We will identify such seats and take all precautions to ensure there is no misuse,” Prof. Reddy said.

As per the scheme, counselling officials have to display tuition fee waiver status against each institution, branch wise, to the candidates during the counselling, during admission and at the end of admission process so that students can freely exercise their informed choice. Colleges also have to display the list of students admitted in this category on the notice board and website, along with the list of students given tuition fee waiver.

Once the student gets admitted under the scheme, the tuition fee waiver would be for the entire duration of the course - four years for bachelor courses in engineering & technology, pharmacy, HMCT and applied arts and crafts, and three years for diploma students and five years for B. Arch course.