Staff Reporter

State favouring private college managements: ABVP

HYDERABAD: The Bhagyanagar unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a dharna in front of Office of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education here on Wednesday protesting the proposed fee hike of engineering course fee.

Hundreds of students from various colleges participated in the dharna led by ABVP leaders Vemula Narendar, Ravinuthala Shashidhar and Kadiyam Raju.

Later, addressing the dharna, they alleged that the State Government and the APSCHE in collusion with private engineering college managements proposed to increase the fee from Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 27,000. The proposal would make higher education out of reach of poor and middleclass students, they said.

Last year thousands of seats remained vacant, as poor students who had qualified could not afford the fee of Rs. 22,000. Though several engineering colleges lacked minimum infrastructure facilities, the Government was taking decisions to favour private managements, they said.

Memorandum

They submitted a memorandum to APSCHE Chairman K. C. Reddy seeking withdrawal of proposals on fee hike and increase in management quota. They sought implementation of SC, ST and OBC quota and white paper on state of affairs in engineering colleges.