Engineering seats may cost more this year

Young engineering graduates celebrate after throwing their ceremonial hats. Photo for representation.

Young engineering graduates celebrate after throwing their ceremonial hats. Photo for representation.   | Photo Credit: Kiran Bakale

Six sought-after colleges propose massive hike, get court permission

The delay in finalising the fee for engineering courses may force aspirants to shell out more money. Colleges have decided to go ahead with proposed hike as it is yet to be accepted by the Admission and Fee Regulation Committee (AFRC).

Order with rider

Officials said six colleges, which approached the court seeking a hike over the fee prevailing for the past three years, have got a favourable decision. The court, officials said, has allowed the colleges to collect the fee proposed by them on the condition that they return the differential amount to the students if the AFRC changes the fee structure.

The fee had to be revised this year by the AFRC and colleges submitted their proposals. However, the government is yet to appoint the AFRC chairman for reasons unknown, and till then, the fee structure cannot be finalised.

With favourable order in hand for six colleges, about 50 other colleges are also planning to move court seeking similar orders for them.

Enormous hike

Till the AFRC finalises the fee structure, students have to cough up more money this year given that some sought-after colleges have proposed an enormous increase in their fee. For example, Sreenidihi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) used to charge ₹1.37 lakh, but has now raised it to ₹1,76,500. However, last year’s fee issue of this college itself is in court as the government fixed a fee of ₹91,000.

Similarly, Vardhaman College of Engineering proposed a fee of ₹1.89 lakh as against ₹1.05 lakh last year; Geetanjali College of Engineering wants it changed to ₹1.02 lakh from last year’s ₹81,000; CVR College of Engineering proposed a hike of ₹50,000 this year from ₹90,000 last year, taking it to ₹1.40 lakh.

Gokaraju Rangaraju College of Engineering proposed a massive hike from ₹95,000 to ₹1.82 lakh and Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology (KMIT) said it wants the increase from ₹77,000 to ₹1.33 lakh.

If the AFRC is not constituted, which is unlikely now with the counselling schedule already announced, students seeking admissions into these colleges have to pay the increased fee as per court directions.

The fee structure for other colleges is also likely to be increased as they too have decided to take legal recourse.

Ready to counter

Telangana State Council of Higher Education chairman T. Papi Reddy said they have decided to appeal against the court order seeking to implement last year’s fee till the AFRC finalises the fee structure.

“If the AFRC agrees to the hike, students can be asked to pay the differential amount later and an undertaking can be obtained from them,” an official said.

The counselling process can move ahead only after fee is mentioned against each college on the website for students to be able to make an informed decision.

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