Private engineering colleges which were demanding a hike in fee for government seats in undergraduate courses, have, however, reduced the fee for seats filled by Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (Comed-K).
While the Comed-K has prescribed a fee of up to 1.25 lakh, most colleges, barring premier institutions, are offering seats for less than 50,000. In fact, the fee is as less as 35,000 for some courses. Incidentally, 35,000 is the fee fixed for government quota seats in private engineering colleges.
Comed-K is scheduled to conduct counselling for undergraduate engineering colleges from July 26. All Comed-K member institutions have announced the course wise fee structure and seats on offer.
When DNA spoke to representatives of some college managements, they attributed fee reduction to the need to attract students and fill the seats. "Last year, many seats were lying vacant and finally we surrendered them to KEA which sought to fill them in casual round. To avoid this, we decided to offer seats in some select courses for less than prescribed fee," said a management representative of one of the engineering colleges from Bangalore Rural district.
"There are some courses which struggle to get even a single student. For such courses, we are charging the fee prescribed by the KEA for government quota seats," admitted another head of an engineering college from Belguam.
Dr. T Thimmaiah Institute of Technology, Kolar is offering Electricals and Electronics engineering seats for 35,000, while the fee for other courses varies from 50,000 and 75,000.
According to the consensual agreement signed by the state government and private professional college managements, the fee fixed for government quota seats is 30,000 and 35,000. Colleges which agree to offer government seats for 30,000 will be eligible to charge up to 1.25 lakh for management seats, while those agreeing to 35,000 fees can collect 1 lakh for management seats.
However, Comed-K has asked candidates to bring a DD of 50,000 for counselling and pay the remaining amount at the colleges during the time of admission.
Courtesy: DNA India