Staff Reporter

250 students joining medical courses, 700 opting for engineering through CENTAC to get aid

Government to follow old scheme for students who joined in previous academic years

Implementation of revised scheme to incur an expenditure of Rs 6 crore

PUDUCHERRY: The territorial administration has revised the rules for reimbursement of tuition fee for medical and engineering students joining private institutions under government quota. The government had fixed a ceiling on annual income of parents and 60 per cent of marks as eligibility under the Perunthaliavar Kamarajar Financial Assistance Scheme.

Announcing the revised scheme here, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam said that from the current academic year, students whose parents had an annual income below Rs. 50,000 would be eligible for a maximum of Rs 1.75 lakh as reimbursement for medical course.

The amount reimbursed for students whose parents earned above Rs. 50,000 would be Rs. 1 lakh, he said, adding that for availing themselves of the benefit, students should have scored 60 per cent and above.

As per the revised scheme for engineering, a sum of Rs. 25,000 would be reimbursed if the annual income of the parents was below Rs. 50,000. If the annual income was above Rs. 50,000, the reimbursement would be only Rs. 15,000. The cut-off mark was applicable to engineering too, he added.

A total of 250 students joining medical courses and another 700 students opting engineering through Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) would be given the assistance.

Mr. Vaithilingam said that the government would follow the old scheme for fee reimbursement for students who joined during previous academic years. While the implementation of the revised scheme would incur an expenditure of around Rs. 6 crore, reimbursement for the students who joined the previous years would cost around Rs. 18 crore.

Making it clear that the government would not negotiate on seats to be allocated by private managements to government quota, he said the private educational institutions had to allocate 50 per cent of seats to CENTAC.

The government would soon bring in legislation making it mandatory for private medical and engineering colleges to part with 50 per cent of seats to CENTAC and students hailing from the Union Territory.

Assembly session

Mr. Vaithilingam also informed that budget session of the Assembly would be convened in the second or third week of July. The full budget would be presented during the session.