With engineering and other professional colleges threatening to close from February 16 seeking immediate release of funds under the fee reimbursement scheme, the Group of Ministers constituted by the State government has called for a meeting with the associations of college managements on Friday.

Representatives of college managements said they want to utilise the opportunity to explain the difficulties being faced by them in paying salaries and providing other facilities.

They claimed that Rs. 4,250 crore was due from the government since the scheme was introduced in 2008-09. However, government officials dismissed their argument stating that the amount was less than that.