Will the engg fee come down this year?
Going by the GO and the purport of the Task Force reports, the government has to deduct the fee and adjust it for the next three years commencing from ...
Going by the GO and the purport of the Task Force reports, the government has to deduct the fee and adjust it for the next three years commencing from 2013-14. But, will the government do it or not is the million dollar question. BH Ramakrishna As the EAMCET date is fast approaching, focus has now turned on to fee fixation for engineering courses, which caused a great deal of perturbation last year for the students and their parents. The litigant college managements dragged the issue for more than two-and-half months and thereby causing the delay of academic year. This year, the Government is determined to complete the entire process before the first round of counseling begins and to ensure that it has been awaiting the much-needed AFRC (Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee) recommendations. AFRC, in turn, awaits the report of Task Force, which conducted inspections in all the 685 private engineering colleges in the past nine months. It may be recalled that Government has issued a GO (No: 639) last year which clearly stated that "the enhanced fee as recommended by AFRC for the year 2012-13 in respect of institutions whose proposals have been evaluated based on the details and figures furnished by them to AFRC is subject to further physical verification with regard to implementation of revised pay scales (Sixth Pay of AICTE (2006) for teaching staff and IX PRC of the State Government for non-teaching staff) and any other relevant details furnished by the said institutions by the task forces. If it is found that the data given by the institution is not correct, the Fee shall be revised by making necessary deductions of the fee determined to be excess for the block period 2013-2016." Quoting Supreme Court verdict on the issue, the GO said-"As directed by the Supreme Court in SLP No.24050- 34080/2011, the impact on financial burden of each institution pursuance to implementation of revised pay scales be shared by the fresh students taking admissions in the institutions for the academic year 2012-13 and fee rise for the academic year 2012-13 shall be subject to adjustment on fee structure being revised for the academic years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16". Going by the GO and the purport of the Task Force reports, the government has to deduct the fee and adjust it for the next three years commencing from 2013-14. But, will the government do it or not is the million dollar question. No private college is ready to accept for cut down in fee amount. It may be noted here more than 400 engineering colleges have requisitioned the AFRC and The Higher Education Council to continue the last year's common fee, i.e. Rs 35,000/. Since the government has promised to go by Task Force reports, the student community, especially, those who come under non-reimbursement section expects adjustment. Government, in this crucial election year, may not go for a protracted tussle with the colleges and settle the issue as soon as possible, managements have been hoping. But academicians aver that if it does so, a golden opportunity to rein in the substandard colleges will be lost.