Get ready to shell out more for Engg & Medical college fees
Aspiring engineers and doctors, get ready to shell out more for your degrees starting next academic year.
Private college managements have demanded a steep hike in fee for professional courses for both government and management quota seats from 2011-12. The same was communicated to the government at a meeting convened by higher education minister V S Acharya and medical education minister S A Ramadas on Thursday.
“On behalf of R V College of Engineering, we want the fee to be hiked to Rs 1 lakh. This has already been submitted to the fee-fixation committee. Many other member colleges have sought a hike. Costs have gone up as colleges have to implement the sixth pay commission scales,” Panduranga Shetty, vicepresident of Karnataka Unaided Private Professional Colleges Association, explained. The fee for professional courses under government quota ranged between Rs 16,700 to Rs 42,500 in the academic year 2010-11.
The government has expressed willingness to scrap the fee-fixation committee headed by former high court judge B Padmaraj and work out a formula through discussions with private college managements. However, no decision was taken either on fee hike or seat-sharing ratio for 2011-12 at the meeting. Advocate general Ashok Haranahalli said the government is yet to file the consensual agreement signed by private colleges and the state government last year before the Supreme Court. Private college managements have refused to sign the consensual agreement for next year until the 2010-11 agreement is vetted by the Supreme Court.