COIMBATORE: The managements of the private engineering colleges in the State on Tuesday decided to request the government to hike the engineering course fee for government quota seats from the present Rs 40,000 to Rs 65,000. They also decided to seek fee revision of management quota seats from Rs 70,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
In a meeting presided by its president R S Munirathinam in Chennai on Tuesday, the Consortium of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu decided to appeal to the State Government and State Fee Review Committee to hike the tuition fee for engineering programmes,
“We have decided to ask them to hike the fee for accredited and non-accredited courses from Rs 45,000 to Rs 70,000 and from Rs 40,000 to Rs 65,000, respectively. In the case of management quota seats, we want the government to increase it to Rs 1 lakh,” said consortium joint secretary T D Eswaramoorthy.
Their other demand is to conduct a separate counselling for candidates from other States to help fill the seats falling vacant. “Over one lakh seats in private engineering colleges are remaining vacant. If the government through Anna University conducts a separate counselling for students from other States after completing the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA), many students from Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh can join engineering colleges here,” he felt.
The office-bearers of the consortium will be meeting the Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan and press for the need to have counselling for students from other states, he added.
“Presently, the non-minority private engineering colleges have to surrender 65 per cent seats to be filled up under government quota, but some of the leading institutions are actually surrendering 90-95 per cent of their seats. This affects the admission in second-level colleges done through the TNEA counselling system.” Eswaramoorthy said, adding, the consortium would urge the State government not to accept more than 65 per cent seats from any college.