Staff Reporter

Conveys their decision to Principal Secretary Higher Education

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Managements of self-financing engineering colleges in the State on Wednesday signalled their resolve to go ahead with their own entrance examination.

Representatives of the association of self-financing engineering college managements, led by its president G. P. C. Nayar, who met Principal Secretary Higher Education P. J. Thomas in the evening told him that the most recent Supreme Court verdict on this issue allows a consortium of managements to conduct an entrance examination.

The delegation also told Mr. Thomas that the managements were willing to "hand over" 50 per cent of the seats in each college to the Government.

For 15 per cent of the Government seats, the managements are willing to give a fee scholarship of 50 per cent of the tuition fee. This concession will be given to students who are from socially and educationally backward families.

The Government can identify the students who are eligible to receive such scholarships. For 15 per cent of the rest of the Government seats, the Government should commit to freeships or scholarships, the representatives said. However, only the fee mentioned by the K.T. Thomas committee should be charged for all the seats.

Later, addressing a press conference, Mr. Nayar said the managements did not want any confrontation with the Government. "The secretary told us that the issue of conducing a separate entrance examination remains a bone of contention and that he will convey our views to the Government. On all the other matter, he told us that our demands will be favourably considered and a reply will be forthcoming from the Government very soon."

Mr. Nayar, however, said that he did not "have all the details" regarding the Chief Minister's announcement on Wednesday that the Government would not agree to a separate entrance examination by the managements.