Students belonging to BCs and minorities with parents income less than Rs. 1 lakh to benefit

6,000 odd seats vacant out of the 1.91 lakh available seats this year

Nearly 70 per cent seats are cornered by BC students: official

HYDERABAD: Craze for engineering education is rising enormously in the State surprising the college managements and officials equally.

If just 6,000 odd seats remain vacant out of the 1.91 lakh available seats this year it is an indication of Telugu parents’ obsession with engineering degrees. After the engineering and pharmacy admissions closed for this year on Thursday only 9,047 seats remained vacant under the Convenor quota of which 3,472 seats were in the Pharmacy course and the remaining 5,675 seats in the engineering course. Minority colleges too got impressive numbers this year. Admissions look healthy despite the fact that 192 new colleges were permitted this year. Interestingly, more than 11,000 seats remained vacant and 20,000 seats a year before that despite the number of seats hovering around 1.2 lakhs. The major reason for such unprecedented intake is said to be the total fee waiver announced by the State government for the Backward Classes, physically challenged and minority students apart from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. Unlike the previous years all the BC students and minority students with parents’ income lower than Rs. 1 lakh got total fee waiver. “Parents who earlier thought engineering fee was unaffordable preferred to use this opportunity to the hilt. Moreover, they were assured that all the four years’ fee would be paid by the government ,” said a senior official involved in counselling.

Implementation of 550 G.O. that gives additional opportunity for BC candidates even in the open category irrespective of the ranks has also contributed to some extent. “Nearly 70 per cent of open category seats are cornered by BC candidates,” an official said stating that a majority of them availed fee exemption.

“Except senior government employees majority of them managed to get income certificates to avail fee exemption,” an official said. “Similar trend was seen even in MBA and MCA admissions.” Officials said 10 per cent free seats under the Fee Waiver scheme introduced by AICTE also contributed a bit.