Electronics and Communication Engineering continues to be hot favourite

190 colleges opt for AICTE fee waiver scheme this year

800 double payment seats opted by students mostly in university colleges

HYDERABAD: Students don’t mind paying a higher fee if the colleges are of top quality. The number of double payment seats opted in the ongoing engineering and pharmacy counselling only indicates that.

After eight days of counselling, around 800 double payment seats have been opted by the students and majority of these seats are in the university colleges though very few seats in private colleges were also preferred. And among the streams, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) continues to be the hot favourite. So far, 358 students chose to join the ECE stream paying double fee while 183 students preferred Computer Science Engineering (CSE). The other streams in the line are Electrical and Electronics Engineering (108 students), Information Technology (52) and Mechanical Engineering (51).

AICTE scheme

Double payment seats are created for colleges that have opted for fee waiver scheme introduced by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The scheme allows colleges, which give 10 per cent seats in each stream to poor students, to create same number of seats that are filled with double the fee prescribed by the Government. As per this year’s fee structure, the double pay seat costs Rs. 20,000 in university colleges and Rs. 60,400 in private aided colleges. This year 190 colleges opted for the scheme.

Unlike last year officials have adopted a different mode for admission in to this category this year. A free seat is created only if a double payment seat is opted by the students. For the time being no student would know whether the admission is in the free seat category or the full fee (Rs. 30,200) category. Students admitted against free seats would get the fee refund after the entire counselling is over.

“Last year both the options were shown to students. All the free seats were taken by the students while very few opted for double fee resulting in financial loss to the colleges,” an official said.

The colleges’ argument was that they would not have opted for free seats as seats under full fee category would have been chosen at least. Interestingly, some top private colleges have not shown interest in the scheme.