Karnataka govt decides to control admissions of engineering colleges

A final fix on the admissions and fee structures for professional engineering colleges is now just a step away. The state government on Thursday decided to issue an ordinance to control admissions and fee structures of engineering colleges in the state.

The ordinance will leave the engineering colleges with just two options – go for consensual agreement with the state government under the Common Entrance Test (CET) format or go as per the recommendations of the Justice B Padmaraj Commission report, which is yet to be made public.

Officials in the higher education ministry, however, said the commission report states that if there are 100 seats in a private college, seat number 1 to 85 would have common fee but admissions would follow reservation patterns. But seats from85 to 100 will be for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and would be carried out as per the definition of Ministry of External Affairs for an NRI.

The consensual agreement pertains to the recently announced format which hikes the annual fee for engineering students in the government quota in private colleges by ¤2,500. This means the students have to now pay ¤32,500 for an engineering seat under government quota as compared to the prevailing Rs30,000.
Moreover, it entails the government quota in private engineering colleges to be brought down to 45 per cent from the existing 50 per cent. However, for the government quota the private engineering colleges have to enrol an additional five per cent of seats earmarked for poor students with family annual incomes less than of Rs2 lakh, which effectively means that the government quota would be 50 per cent, as per the announcement of higher education minister VS Acharya on May 3.

S Suresh Kumar, minister for law and parliamentary affairs, said after the cabinet meeting on Thursday, “The state government has decided to issue ordinance for admissions and fixation of fee by paving the way for professional colleges to choose either one. We will forward the ordinance for the governor’s assent.”

Acharya said he expected most of the private engineering colleges to agree to the “consensual route” formula which the state government has announced. Over 120 private professional colleges of a total of 184 in the state have agreed to the formula and more are expected to fall in line.

Those who have not fallen in line, have been given 15 days’ time (from May 3) to sign the proforma regarding the consensual route; failing which, they would have to follow the recommendations of the Justice B Padmaraj Commission report.