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Hyderabad: Vexed by a mounting financial burden, the state government has decided to go for a thorough overhaul of the fee reimbursement scheme.
As per a decision taken on Monday by the committee of experts and a cabinet sub-committee, starting this academic year, the government will reimburse only up to Rs 31,200 towards each student’s engineering tuition fees even if the college is charging substantially more.
Further restricting the eligibility criteria, the council of ministers has also decided to make the scheme available only to those second year students who have cleared 50% of their first year papers. The same criteria also applies to third and fourth year students.
Initiating a stringent verification, affiliation and recognition process, a task force comprising officials from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological Universities (Hyderabad, Kakinada and Anantapur) and the higher education and revenue departments will inspect each college to see whether they have the facilities as declared in the records submitted by them to the Supreme Court and the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC).
It is also learnt that this task force is expected to replace AFRC, which was till this year the statutory body for supervising the fee structure at engineering and other professional colleges.
The government has also decided against any more delay in engineering admissions. “The council of ministers will meet on August 8 and announce the counselling dates. The government will decide on the fee structure for each of the 133 engineering colleges which have asked for a fee hike only after the college inspections have been completed,” a source said.
The admission notification might not carry the revised fees for all engineering colleges, an official said.
The government has also decided to closely monitor management quota admissions.
Starting this academic year...
Government to reimburse only up to 31,200 towards each student’s engineering tuition fees even if the college is charging substantially more
Scheme to be available only to those 2nd year students who have cleared 50% of their 1st year papers. The same rule applies to 3rd and 4th year students