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Managements demand fee reimbursement of Rs. 2,000 crore

State yet to release fee of nearly six lakh students

Legal notice will be served on government

Hyderabad: Sending a strong message to the government to clear the fee reimbursement dues, the managements of professional colleges have threatened to close all the colleges from May 26 if the government doesn't respond before May 25.

Consortium of Engineering Colleges Managements Association (CECMA) and Consortium of Minority Professional Colleges Managements Association held a meeting on Saturday and said the government was not understanding the seriousness of the whole issue and asked how can they function when nearly Rs. 2,000 crore are due from the government. The government is yet to release the fee of nearly six lakh students. The representatives of these associations, Dr. Rajeshwar Reddy and K.V.K. Rao said they would serve a legal notice to the government on this issue and will not open the colleges till the fee is released. Dr. Reddy also demanded that scholarship renewals have to be cleared by August 2010 and the fee of fresh admissions for next year have to be cleared by December 2010 or else they will be forced to collect fee from the students. “Let the government reimburse the money to students. Scholarship is an issue between students and government, and colleges cannot be drawn into that,” he said.

Dr. Reddy wanted the AFRC to fix a fee of Rs. 45,000 and then give freedom for colleges to fix fee according to their needs. Mr. K.V.K.Rao questioned the government's right to have convenor quota seats and demanded it to fix a uniform fee for all the students for next year admissions. Mr. Rao said the Government cannot categorise the seats in unaided private colleges.