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Hike in engineering, MBA, MCA fees

The State government on Thursday increased the tuition fee for professional courses marginally in the Convenor quota, but at the same time provided an opportunity for colleges to collect more money creating an NRI quota.

APSCHE Chairman K.C. Reddy said that fee for engineering and pharmacy courses was increased to Rs. 31,000 from the existing Rs. 30,200 in the Convenor quota and to Rs. 95,000 from Rs. 91,500 in the management quota. Similarly, fee for MCA and MBA courses increased to Rs. 27,000 from Rs. 26,300 in the Convenor quota and to Rs. 78,000 from Rs. 73,000 in the management quota.

However, some relief was given to colleges creating 15 per cent quota for NRI-sponsored candidates within the 30 per cent management quota. Under NRI quota, colleges can collect US $ 5,000 per annum from each student, which works out to be around Rs. 2.5 lakh per annum.

However, these candidates have to satisfy the AICTE norms on their NRI status.

Prof. Reddy said the average fee for engineering and pharmacy courses is now around Rs. 50,200 while it was Rs. 45,650 earlier.

He said study of the audited reports submitted by a few colleges reflected surplus. The Bapatla Engineering College showed a surplus of Rs. 3 crore and this was taken as the benchmark for finalising the fee apart from viability factor as per the AICTE norms.

With regard to NRI quota, he said such facility existed till 1993 and the fee then was US $ 4,000.

The college managements expressed their displeasure over the marginal hike and said an increase of Rs. 800 was an insult heaped on them. P. Rajeshwar Reddy, General Secretary of Consortium of Engineering Colleges Managements Association (CECMA) wondered whether the government was taking revenge for pressurising them to pay last year's fee reimbursement dues. He appealed for a review of the decision and said managements will meet in a couple of days to chalk out their course of action.

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