The Government plans to establish institutes of excellence in civil engineering owing to the shortage of personnel in the infrastructure sector.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya said the department is drafting a proposal to set up such institutes and the shortage of quality personnel had arise thanks to the sector's huge growth in the past few years.

The funding pattern and the location of the institutes will be discussed with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, he said.

Fee hike

On the fee hike for engineering seats, he said private college managements have agreed to the consensus formula drafted by the Government.

The annual fee has been hiked for engineering students in the government quota in private colleges by Rs. 2,500, from Rs 30,000 to Rs 32,500 for the year 2011-12.

Keeping in abeyance the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee – Special Provisions) Act 2006, the State Government and the private unaided educational institutions entered into consensual agreement regarding admissions and fees for professional courses for the last five years (2006-10).

The agreement would continue this year too, he said.