Medical, engineering fee likely to go up this year

College managements demand a 30pc fee hike; govt yet to take a call

Published: 23rd February 2017 05:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2017 05:53 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Undergraduate engineering and medical seat aspirants might have to shell out more for government quota seats at private medical or engineering colleges for the academic year 2017-18.
Managements of both medical and engineering colleges in the state have demanded a fee hike of up to 30 per cent. Following the communication from the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA), Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddi and Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil met college representatives on Wednesday.

Speaking after the meeting, KUPECA secretary M K Panduranga Setty said, “We have submitted our request seeking 30 per cent hike for undergraduate engineering courses. We also gave reasons for the hike.”

“Instead of doing the exercise every year, we have asked the government to fix the percentage of hike which should be done every year,” Setty said.

However, Rayareddi said he need to discuss the hike with the chief minister.

As far as the medical and dental courses are concerned, the managements are demanding a steep hike.
Minister Patil said, “The hike demanded by some of them is very high while some are saying that a nominal hike is enough. We have not yet discussed their demand to hike the medical and dental fee.”

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