Express news service
BENGALURU: After private engineering schools in Karnataka pushed for a 30 percent increase in engineering fees this year, the education department seems to have convinced them not to do so. According to a source from an association of private colleges, the department has agreed to a 10% annual increase from 2022.
Higher Education Minister Dr CN Ashwatha Narayana said on Wednesday that a consensus agreement reached between the government and private colleges not to increase fees for engineering courses.
The meeting was called with representatives of private colleges in Vikasa Soudha on Wednesday.
Narayan said private colleges have been pushing to increase fees by 30 percent. The committee headed by Vishwesharaiah Technical University (VTU) vice-chancellor Prof. Karisiddappa recommended an increase from 15% to 25%. But, given the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from private colleges were persuaded not to do the hike.
Fees for engineering courses at private colleges for students who gain admission this year under the government quota will continue, as before, in two different brackets of Rs 65,340 and Rs 58,806, Naryana added. .
Meanwhile, the head of the Association of Private Engineering Colleges of Karnataka, Panduranga Shetty, told the New Indian Express that the department agreed to a 10% per year increase from 2022.
Cap on miscellaneous costs
The “miscellaneous costs” and “skills costs” are capped at Rs 20,000 each, in accordance with the recommendations of a committee headed by Karisiddappa B, vice-chancellor of the Technical University of Vishwesharaiah (VTU).
Narayana said that previously “miscellaneous fees” varied from college to college, ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 70,000. But now it should not exceed Rs 20,000.
“Before prescribing” miscellaneous fees, colleges should notify the purposes for which these fees are collected and forward the information to KEA, the Department of Technical Education, and VTU. They should also be posted on the website, âhe added.
‘Skill Fees’ will have three installments of Rs 10,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. This will be determined by the VTU team who will inspect the colleges and set a slap according to the standards of the training facilities.
Submit all fees to KEA
âMiscellaneous feesâ, âskills feesâ and admission fees will no longer be paid to colleges.
Instead, they will be turned over to the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) in order to clear up the confusion that existed, Ashwathnarayan said.