No increase in engineering school fees this academic year

Citing the impact of COVID-19 on students and their families, the state government has decided that there will be no tuition hike for engineering schools for the 2021-2022 academic year In progress. But that does not mean that all students will incur no additional expense.

The government has allowed some engineering schools to charge up to 20,000 yen in skills development fees. This applies to colleges that have skills development labs. Skills fees will be classified into three installments, on the basis of which principals can charge students 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000.

Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said a team from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will inspect colleges and rank them based on the standard of training facilities and quality. Students will be required to pay the skill development fee directly to the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).

The decision not to increase fees was taken at a meeting convened by Dr Narayan on Wednesday with representatives of the Association of Private Engineering Colleges of Karnataka (KUPECA) and the Association of Minority Vocational Colleges. Religious and Linguistic Studies of Karnataka (KRLMPCA).

While students and parents alike are relieved, it was a setback for private college principals who demanded that fees be increased by 30%.

A committee, headed by VTU Vice-Chancellor Karisiddappa, tasked with examining the issue had recommended an increase from 15 to 25 percent.

But in view of the COVID-19 situation, representatives of private colleges have been persuaded not to increase their fees, the minister said in a statement. The fee schedules from the previous academic year will continue to be applicable this year. Last year, government quota students paid 65,360, while COMED-K students paid 1,438,748. However, at some other colleges it was 58,806 for government quota students and 2,01960 for COMED-K students.

While engineering schools were only allowed to charge 20,000 yen as “miscellaneous,” many would increase rates to as high as 70,000 yen. To avoid this, the ministry decided this year that the fees should be paid to the KEA.

Colleges that charge additional fees should inform the purposes for which this information is collected and the information should be provided to KEA, the Department of Technical Education and VTU and published on the website.

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