Engineering education is likely to get costlier in Karnataka, with private college managements seeking a 10% hike in fees at the very least.
Last year, the private colleges had demanded a 30% fee hike and later settled for 8%, as fixed by the fee regulatory committee.
“The private managements are seeking 10% fee hike from the next academic year. The state government is yet to take a call on this. We will deliberate the issue next week,” said BH Anilkumar, additional chief secretary of higher education.
Private colleges in the state have sought 10% hike in fees. Following last year’s increase, the fee for a government quota seat in unaided colleges was Rs 56,000. Should the government accede to the 10% demand, that would increase to Rs 61,000. The fee in government and aided engineering colleges this year was Rs 19,100, while it was Rs 18,700 for Comedk seats in unaided colleges . Besides, students will have to pay Rs 30,000 as university fee in all categories.
“The fee is going up every year and at this rate it will double in a few years,” said Praveenkumar, managing director of a manufacturing firm whose son is an engineering student at a private college.
Representatives of private engineering colleges said the 10% fee hike demand was minimal. The actual quantum of hike would be decided after a “proper assessment of the financial burden” on them.
MK Panduranga Setty, secretary of Karnataka unaided Private Engineering Colleges’ Association, said private colleges have engaged consulting firm Ernst&Young to assess the cost of education based on which the managements would decide on the quantum of hike. “We’re expecting the report by February 10. We’ll get to know the actual percentage of fee hike needed only after going through it,” said Shetty.
He sought to justify the demand by pointing out that private colleges have come under pressure to hike salaries of their staff in the wake of the government increasing salaries of its employees last year. “Nothing is clear about the fee structure for now. Let us wait for next week’s meeting where negotiations with the government are expected to begin,” said MR Jayaram, treasurer of KUPECA.
*Source : TOI