Self-financing engg college managements seek 5% fee hike

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Thiruvananthapuram: The managements of self-financing engineering colleges in Kerala have demanded yearly hike in fees as in government and aided colleges in the state. They also demanded the state government to let them admit students from outside Kerala for vacancies in B Tech courses.

The authorities of self-financing colleges also want to fill up post-allotment vacancies in engineering courses even with students who have not taken the entrance examination. As per current norms, candidates with 50% marks for the higher-secondary course are eligible for admission.

To increase chances of intake, joint campaign by the government and the various managements of self-financing engineering colleges was also proposed. Currently, students based in Kerala and Keralites from outside the state largely seek entry to engineering colleges here.

The managements requested 5% yearly increase in fees. This demand comes in the wake of a similar demand from architecture colleges. The latter has reportedly made a higher increase in fees.

The management representatives presented their demands at a meeting convened by Kerala Education Minister KT Jaleel on Monday.

Its top honchos meanwhile rejected the government demand to abolish the existing ban on students seeking to shift to government colleges after July 25 every academic year.

Meanwhile, an agreement has been reached to admit to B Tech management quota seats candidates who qualify in the all-India engineering entrance exam. Government sources said that the contract with the managements in this regard would be signed soon.

The self-financing engineering colleges welcomed a government move to make the daily class time from 8 am to 1.30 pm in various educational institutions in the country.