Fee revision only for colleges which uploaded data?
Mohan Babu warns of collapse of engg education Clarity still eludes over fee revision for engineering and other professional colleges for the...
Mohan Babu warns of collapse of engg education Clarity still eludes over fee revision for engineering and other professional colleges for the next academic year 2013-14. The deadline to upload the data ended on Saturday and a clear picture will emerge only after it, according to top sources in Higher Education Council. But Minister for Higher Education Damodara Rajanarasimha hinted that there will be no hike for colleges which have not put their proposals and returns online."Colleges must fall in line by this evening itself, else, they will not be considered for any revision" he made it clear. He has also dropped enough hints that the colleges which fail to do so will not get any fee reimbursement benefits. Sources remarked that since a lot many colleges want continuation of last year's common fee of Rs 35,000/ under convener quota, they don't feel it necessary to put their details online. But revision or no revision, they have to upload their data, an official clarified. "Out of four thousand professional colleges, more than 2000 institutions have registered themselves for uploading. But how many of them will actually submit their returns remains to be seen," a top source told The Hans India. Meanwhile, veteran actor and Chairman of Srividya Niketan Group of Institutions M Mohan Babu lambasted the government for its 'irresponsible handling of engineering education in the state' Interacting with media after a meeting of APPECMA (Andhra Pradesh Private Engineering Colleges Managements Association), an umbrella body of 24 private colleges, in Hyderabad, he said that government's mishandling has turned out to be a bane for thousands of students and skilled teachers as well and they have been going away from the state in search of greener pastures. Castigating government on reimbursement, he said-"the government is getting fee from all at the time of counseling itself. When it comes to reimbursement, it takes years together. They paid the dues of 2011-12 only recently. After repeated requests, government released a quarter of reimbursement dues of 2012-13 a few days back. What's this? How can we run the colleges? If this trend continues, no doubt, engineering education in the state will collapse" he observed. Coming down heavily on the government on Task Force inspections, Mohan Babu said 'I object to the very use of the word Task Force. Are we criminals to conduct raids? Nowhere in the country has this practice existed. It's against Supreme Court ruling. Government's insistence on the requisite number of faculty cannot be met as there is huge dearth of faculty across the country. Even the NIT have been facing similar problem". He demanded the government to announce its policy of running engineering education.