Colleges not to hold talks

Staff Reporter

On engineering admissions

Fulfil clauses of last year’s pact: managements

Association to wait for government’s response

KOCHI: The Kerala Self-Financing Engineering College Managements Association has decided not to hold discussions with the State government for admissions to engineering courses this year. The managements will admit students to all the seats.

An executive committee meeting of the association here on Wednesday said that the managements would consider holding talks with the government on seat-sharing and fee structure for the new academic year once the government took steps to fulfil some of the crucial clauses included in the agreement signed last year.

G.P.C. Nayar, president, said that the government was yet to honour its promise on getting university affiliation for the new seats and courses sanctioned by the All India Council for Technical Education.

Hundreds of students, who were allotted seats by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations in self-financing colleges, were not able to write the examinations following the deadlock, he said.

C.I. Abdul Rahiman, general secretary, said that the government had failed to hold consultations with the association before publishing this year’s prospectus for admission to the professional courses. But the prospectus had details of the number of seats available in self-financing colleges affiliated to the association, he said.

The association representatives also reminded the government that several seats were remaining vacant in colleges following the confusion that prevailed during last year’s admission process.

The Entrance Commissioner had also violated the agreement included in the treaty that there would be only two rounds of allotment. Seats remained vacant at various colleges following the increase in the number of allotments in self-financing colleges, they said.

The association accused the government of backtracking from the agreement signed last year. It blamed the authorities for not ensuring a hassle-free admission process this year.

The association would wait for the government’s response to its demands before finalising its plans for this year’s admission, its representatives said.

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