The state government  announced a cap on funds released under the fee reimbursement scheme to engineering colleges at Rs 35,000. This would mean that in the case of students from weaker sections (BC and EBC) taking admissions in the 67 colleges whose fee structure was fixed between Rs 51,800 and Rs 1.05 lakh, the government would reimburse only Rs 35,000 and the remaining fee will have to be paid by the parents. However, the cabinet sub-committee might allow certain exemptions where “poor and meritorious” students could be given full reimbursement.
The modalities on which students among BC and EBC communities will be exempted is being worked out by the committee of experts and will be presented before chief minister Kiran Kumar on Wednesday. Sources said that students from BC and EBC categories who have secured a rank of up to 5,000 in Eamcet could be considered for full reimbursement. The government might give full reimbursement to those who have studied in government schools and colleges, officials hinted. This would mean that the government will not simply depend on the income certificate of parents while giving exemptions.
The decision to put a cap on the reimbursement money is expected to affect thousands of students who were planning to take admission in the 67 top tech colleges that have now got the legal sanction to charge up to Rs 1.05 lakh. Of the estimated 33,500 engineering seats in these 67 colleges, around 11,000 seats were filled by BC and EBC students until last year, who were beneficiaries of the fee reimbursement scheme. College managements are now expecting a considerable drop in this number. The cap decision might increase the demand for seats in 578 engineering colleges where the fee structure is fixed at Rs 35,000.
Students who had scored well in Eamcet-2012, said that the only option left for them was to take admission in top government colleges of Jawaharlal Nehru  Technological University, Osmania, Kakatiya and Andhra University where the fee structure ranges between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 per year. “While most top rankers opt for these university colleges, there is tough competition. So those who do not get through top government colleges will have no choice but to opt for tier-II colleges which are currently charging only Rs 35,000 as annual fee as they cannot afford the better private colleges,” said Rani Karthika, a student who secured 8,900 rank in Eamcet.
The state government directed non-minority and minority colleges to put up on their websites and notice boards the list of candidates taking admission under the management quota for at least two weeks. The list will be scrutinised by a competent authority from the technical education department. The list is expected to ensure colleges follow the Eamcet merit list in management quota admissions. The order also states that the minimum qualifying marks for admissions to management quota will be 45% for general candidates and 40% for students belonging to reserved categories.
  • Principals of concerned colleges shall submit the proposals of eligible students for reimbursement of tuition fees to the Assistant BC Welfare Officers directly.
  • Assistant BC Welfare Officers are the scrutinizing authorities.
  • District BC Welfare Officers are the sanctioning authorities.

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