The tentative date for announcement of the Common Entrance Test results is May 30. Talks will be held over the weekend to finalise this and the details over the seat sharing and tuition fee in private engineering colleges, Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya toldThe Hinduon Friday.

Under pressure from private college managements to increase the fee — some of them demanding a near 60 per cent hike — the Government is still in the process of negotiating. Engineering colleges in Bangalore have reportedly sought an increased fee structure. While sources in private managements say that the fee discussed was around Rs. 35,000 per annum, compared to the current fee of Rs. 30,000, Mr. Acharya said that it was too early in the day to make such announcements.

“Talks are very much on. We will finalise these things before the CET results are due and meetings will be held next week. As for the fee structure, we will declare a structure and managements will have to go by it,” he said. A legislation will be enforced for those who refuse to abide by the agreement, he said.

While the current annual fee is Rs. 30,000 for seats under the government quota in private colleges, the Government had agreed to hike it by Rs. 2,500.

It must be noted that the fee had been hiked by Rs. 5,000 only last academic year, under pressure from private college managements.

  • Talks will be held over the weekend

  • Details over tuition fee, seat-sharing,

    to be discussed