Engg colleges keen on legal battle
Repeat of 2012 scenario likely Government's deliberate indecisive stand has now cast a shadow on the careers of hundreds of thousands of students...
Repeat of 2012 scenario likely
Government's deliberate indecisive stand has now cast a shadow on the careers of hundreds of thousands of students aspiring to become engineers. The High Court's interim order over category B seats has exposed the laxity of government which has taken the things very lightly for well over eight months. Had it tightened the screw on the errant private colleges immediately after the GO was suspended in 2012 itself, it would not have faced this awkward situation now, according to observers.
In an effort to rein in the litigant managements, the Government has formed Task Force teams to conduct the private colleges. The exercise was completed but that effort has also appeared to go waste because of lack of clarity over AICTE norms. The Principal Secretary of Higher Education in 2012, MG Gopal has drafted a tight GO �No.66 and 67 last year to make admissions under owner quota thoroughly online. But the GO was challenged and stalled in 2012 and again halted in 2013.
What exactly the G O -67 say? It clearly stated : "With a view to streamline the admission process in the interest of students Government have decided to issue guidelines for admissions into Category 'B' seats in Private Un-Aided minority Professional Institutions to ensure admissions to the eligible meritorious candidates in a fair, transparent and non-exploitative manner and in the public domain".
While doing so, government was reasonably cautious in saying that it is not going to usurp powers of the managements at all. "Although the Government is issuing these guidelines, due care is taken to ensure that the right to administer the admissions is vested with the managements of the said colleges. The role of the Government is that of facilitation to ensure that the admissions are in a fair, transparent manner"
It went on to say repeatedly that the college managements shall be solely responsible for the admission process to Category 'B' seats. A 'Competent Authority' will facilitate the setting up of a web portal to enable the managements of all colleges in the State to conduct the admission process online in a workflow-based system giving little scope for complaints. The college managements will be solely responsible for porting all data relating to seats, fee structures, procedures, online application form, etc
How the 'B' seats filled up? According to guidelines issued in GO 67, the Institution shall not issue notification and receive the applications until the Eamcet admission notification is issued; they can fill NRI seats not exceeding 5% of the sanctioned intake in each course and the remaining seats shall be filled on merit basis with candidates including from other states and Union territories who have secured rank at AIEEE (now Jee Mains) and secured not less than 45% of marks in the prescribed group subjects in the qualifying examination.
The seats remaining unfilled after NRI and Jee Mains can be filled with eligible candidates, who have qualified the Eamcet on merit basis. All this would be done through a web portal created by the competent authority i.e. Higher Education Council. The managements shall collect the tuition fee as prescribed by the Government for category 'B' seats and any excess fee collected will amount to capitation fee and Managements a reliable for action
'We want reasonable fee only' Reacting on the High Court ruling, the Consortium of Private and Professional Engineering College Managements (CoPPECoM) said it's effort was to get a just fee structure and not aimed at delaying the process.
"We don't totally oppose the online system. We have asked for a reasonable increase in tuition fee over last year. If the government wants to fill up our quota of seats, it is okay but the fee should be enhanced" KVK Rao, General Secretary of the Consortium told The Hans India. But if the government wants to continue its adamant attitude, we will oppose and continue our battle legally" he made it clear. He dropped enough hints that the colleges may knock the doors of apex court if a ruling is given in favour of government after it filed an affidavit a week later.