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B.E. Colleges Fees Structure Details in Anna University 2013
B.E. Colleges get imaginative with Fees
Engineering colleges have released notifications on fee structure for the new academic year. There is no fine print here, however.
In order to avoid censure, private and deemed institutes resort to levying additional charges under miscellaneous heads, after the academic year begins.
Sreedevi Arjunan, a second – year computer science student from an engineering college in Manimangalam, said she paid 3.2 lakh as capitation fee, besides the tuition fee of 2 lakh for two years.
“Immediately after joining, we were asked to pay 16,000 for induction, uniforms and starter lessons, and 19,000 for books. But we were given just six books and a set of notes that our seniors had used. The books have to be returned at the end of the academic year,” she said.
K. Selvakumar, student of engineering college in Kundrathur, said he was charged 12,000 for books and 15,000 for ‘extra – curricular activities’. “When I wished to leave the college a week after joining, they said my class XII marksheets would be returned only if I paid the entire course fees of 3.5 lakh,” he said.
Last year, self – financing colleges were asked to charge students no more than 40,000 for non – accredited courses and 45,000 for accredited ones. A management seat was priced at 70,000. Most private colleges, however, charge much more than the stipulated amount.
An Anna University official said the University could interfere only in the academic matters of affiliated colleges. Two years ago, the government had formed a committee to review and inspect colleges that were suspected to be charging excess fees from students.
The committee’s report said nearly 50 of the 80 reviewed colleges charging excess money from students. Sources said a few of these colleges were asked to reimburse the excess amount collected but none of the institutes were strictly dealt with.
In many private colleges, levying fine is yet another money – making affair. “There are ‘sudden’ inspections when the entire class is pulled up for not wearing the proper kind of shoes. Everyone is asked to pay up 100 each. In four years of college life, a student ends up paying at least 10,000 as fine amount,” said Selvakumar.
In many colleges, absence of a day means paying 50 as fine. “We are also fined for not dressing properly, which may include wearing shirts with two pockets,” said T. Anbu, student of a college in Palanchur.
Additionally, carrying laptops, mobile phones or even hard disks can attract a fine of 100. Talking to girls, hanging out in the canteen for more than 20 minutes or not bringing the ID card – there is a fine for everything, Anbu said.
Many colleges also ask students to pay an annual recreation-sports fee of 5,000. “Our college ground is shared by three other institutions and there is hardly any space to play sports. Besides, we have no trainer or a P.T. period,” said Anjali Jaishankar, a student of an engineering college in Padappai.
These colleges also charge students around 22,000 a year for compulsory bus facility. “The college cites safety as the reason for not allowing bikes on campus. But why can’t we be allowed to use public transport? The bus fees is unnecessary expenditure for third – and final – year students as often we don’t have to go to college because of project work,” said Neerav Jain, student of a college in Kelambakkam.
But having to pay thousands for poor – quality mess food is the worst, said students. “Our college does not have a kitchen. We are supplied packed meals from a hotel and it is not worth paying 8,000 a semester,” said Ranjani Sreekumar who studies in a Padur college.
Last year, a college in Nemmili asked its 400 eligible students to pay 1,000 each to sit for the aptitude test of the only company that came for placements. Five students were offered jobs.
“For final – year students who don’t get placed in companies, colleges offer to organise job fairs. Students are asked to pay 2,000 each for this. But, not even three students qualified for the interviews,” said R. Kannagi, a student of the college.
Andhra Pradesh Engineering PG seats allotted 2012
Details of the seats allotted in the first phase for the M.E., M.Tech., M. Arch, and M. Pharmacy courses have been released and candidates can download the allotment letters along with challan form from the website http://pgecet.apsche.ac.in, according to Convenor of Post – Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test A. Venugopal Reddy of Osmania University. The total number of eligible candidates qualified for the four courses is 63,155 and 33,061 has registered, while 32,725 exercised their choice of course and branch through web option.
Number of seats available in M.Tech. and M. Pharmacy courses is 24,941 and 11,200 respectively out of which 17,772 and 6,913 have been allotted during the first phase.
The last date for reporting to the colleges by the candidates is 26th November, 2012, on which date the class work will also commence.
Poor Admission Rate in B.Tech Hits Engineering Colleges
Engineering Colleges in Nellore district are in deep crisis because of Poor Admissions into B.Tech courses during this counselling.
Being the border district, Nellore suffered the most this year with thousands of students migrating to Tamil Nadu even before the belated admission process began in AP.
The impact is felt not just in management seats but also in the convener – quota, even as the overall government policy in addressing the issues of professional colleges in the State is blamed for the ‘irreversible damage’ done to them.
There are 27 engineering colleges in Nellore district of which almost all colleges have been hit in respect of B.Tech admissions.
“The situation has gone from bad to worse. There is no hope left for us. Obviously, the process is deliberately spoilt to ensure far lesser admissions. So that the revenue burden under fee reimbursement scheme will come down,” said a management representative of a leading engineering college.
The most alarming thing is that nearly half the B.Tech seats are expected to remain vacant in the absence of any takers this year. There are as many as 11,000 B.Tech seats in the district with 7,700 in convener quota and 3,300 in management quota.
In view of dismal admissions, some colleges are facing the threat of closure this year with the existing students likely to be transferred to other colleges in the district. Even the well – managed colleges are also feeling the heat due to lesser admissions.
“There is nothing now to repair the damage. We have reached a dead – end already. We don’t know what to do except to suffer in silence,” said the principal of a college. If the fee reimbursement scheme was so burdensome, it should have been reviewed instead of retaining it at the cost of overall engineering education, he added.
Attractive Offers :
The pitiable thing is that the students are not coming forward regardless of the attractive offers being made by the college managements. Even the M.Tech admissions are stated to have come under stress due to the policies of the Government.
Engineering Colleges look beyond the State for survival
College management worries over a huge number of vacant seats in engineering colleges are leading to new ideas like admitting students from other States, particularly from Orissa, Bihar, Chattisgarh and the North East.
Managements are desperate to fill up the seats as colleges have become economically unviable with few admissions and they are planning to approach the Government with a request to allow some percentage of the left over seats to be offered to students from other states. With 243 colleges receiving less than 100 admissions their very survival is at stake now.
In fact, this idea was floated last year itself when colleges proposed to throw open the B.Tech seats to outside students. However, it didn’t take off for several reasons including the peculiar local and non – local quota admissions. Candidates from other States are allowed only in the five per cent national integration quota. The last-minute efforts of college managements also did not cut ice with the Government.
College managements argue that A.P. has a positive impression among students from other States given its IT image as well as the performance of its students in the national level examinations.
“The thriving IT sector in AP is in fact a major reason apart from lack of seats in some North and Eastern States. We should take advantage of it,” representative of a college said.
Correspondents feel admitting other students will help the State students as they can learn in a multi – cultural environment.
Some colleges are already admitting students in the management quota from Jharkhand and Bihar in B.Tech courses with aggressive marketing. “The Deemed Universities in the State and neighbouring States are full of students from the North and that can be replicated successfully in our private colleges too,” says correspondent of a minority college.
To Reduce Pressure
The idea is likely to reduce pressure on the Government for increasing the fee every year, suggests the Principal of a college. A financially healthy private college will not be a burden on the Government. As of now majority private colleges are looking at the fee Reimbursement as their saviour.
Software Companies hiring Non – IIT Students
IITs have always enjoyed the privilege of being a preferred institute for global IT companies to hire students. But this trend seems to fade off as the bigwigs such as Google+, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM are now looking beyond IITs for campus hiring.
Global IT companies and internet firms are now keen on hiring talents from NITs and other known private engineering colleges. They have realized that there is a large talent pool outside the IITs who too can perform well if given a chance.
PepsiCo, Amazon, Yahoo, Google+, Cisco, Deloitte, OracleBSE0.37%, DE Shaw, Adobe, Flipkart, Caterpillar, Direct – I, IBM and Future First are hiring students this year from non-IITs in Madurai, Vellore and Mesra and some other private colleges in Bangalore and Delhi.
To attract talent, firms are offering high salaries, attractive perks, international projects, joining bonuses of upto 1 lakh and free holidays.
Reputed companies such as Google+, Amazon and PepsiCo offered salary packages ranging between 8 to 20 lakh to NIT Warangal students. IBM recruited 85 students from the campus this year. Gaming companies such as EA Sports also visited the institute and hired 4 students at a package of 12 lakh.
Company heads revealed that tier – 2 and 3 colleges provide them a good mix of students. They are of high aptitude and high emotional quotient.
Core product companies and engineering and IT companies mostly visit tier – II and III colleges. Core product companies have been a preferred choice of students in last few years due to the economic downturn.
At VIT ( Vellore Institute of Technology ), Flipkart outnumbered Google+ and Amazon by offering a package of 12.5 lakh while Microsoft made an offer of 10.5 lakh. PayPal, an e – commerce company recruited for 8.25 lakh. DE Shaw visited the campus with an offer of 14.5 lakh while Amazon was offering a retention bonus of 1 lakh after 1 year.
Birla Institute of Technology ( BIT ), Mesra has been successful in placing 8 – 10% of its total batch of 375 – 400 students at IT product companies. Some of the companies visiting the campus include Facebook, Microsoft and Direct – i. The offers made this year are 15 – 20% higher than 2011.
IT service firms such as InfosysBSE 2.08%, WiproBSE 1.18%, Cognizant, HCL and TCSBSE 0.31% will start their campus hiring from September. These companies mostly offer salary packages of about 3.75 lakh.
Engineering Colleges not to Upload details on Web
Striking a note of dissent, engineering colleges that had earlier agreed for 35,000 common fee, have decided not to upload their college details on the web, to protest the inspections by the Task Force set up by the government for monitoring quality.
Claiming the support of all the 578 engineering college managements that had agreed for 35,000 fee, a group of college managements met on 10th September, 2012 and decided not to upload the details as required for the Task Force inspections. “This is our way of protest and we are not afraid of inspections,” said K.V.K. Rao, representative of the colleges.
He said the meeting had unanimously decided on the issue after a thorough discussion. He said the college managements have also decided to meet Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha and present their case before them on 11th September, 2012.
Mr. Rao said that they had agreed for a paltry 35,000 keeping in view the financial constraints of the government and after the officials promised that no inspections would be done in the colleges that agree for a nominal hike. The idea of inspections was for colleges that had argued for huge hikes ranging over 1 lakh. Mr. Rao claimed that even the Ministers convinced them to agree for 35,000 when the mood was for a huge hike.
The colleges would not mind inspections for quality and infrastructure if the government increased the fee on a par with colleges that had gone to the court ignoring the government’s requests.
If the government doesn’t respond positively the college managements are toying with the idea of closing the colleges, he said.
New Engineering Colleges for West Bengal
The West Bengal state government will set up four engineering colleges in Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Purulia and Murshidabad.
It is after almost 16 years that the government has planned to build such institutes that will help expand technical education in backward districts like Purulia and Murshidabad.
“The engineering colleges will be set up entirely with government funds. We have written to the four district magistrates requesting for land,” said a senior higher education department official.
At present, there are six government engineering colleges in the state which include two in Kolkata and one each in Kalyani, Behrampore, Jalpaiguri and Serampore. “The last government college was established way back in 1996 in Kalyani. Two reasons played a major role in preventing new government colleges from coming up.
First, there was an acute shortage of funds since the Left Front regime. The cash crunch still remains. But the Trinamool – led government has major plans for the education sector which has prompted them to come up with four new government engineering colleges.
Secondly, private players played a major role in expanding engineering education in West Bengal as more and more private investors set up institutes,” added another higher education department official.
If new engineering colleges are set up, students will have to pay less fees as compared to private institutes. “The lump sum charged by the private colleges sometimes ruins a family since they bleed heavily after paying the fee.
Despite a cap on the fee these institutes can charge, complaints pour in regarding the violation of norms. Setting up four new government colleges will solve the crisis,” said the official.
Around 300 students will be given admissions from the 2014 – 2015 session. “It will take us around two years to prepare the infrastructure,” said the senior higher education official.
“It is the CM’s dream to expand the horizon of education. Accordingly, she has asked us to set up new government engineering colleges. I have proposed the matter to the DMs and have written letters to allot land for the colleges,” said education minister Bratya Basu.
At present, the entire district of Purulia or even Darjeeling does not have any engineering college. “Though Jalpaiguri has one government engineering college which was established way back in 1961, it is not sufficient for Dooars and hardly caters to the huge demand among students.
Thus, another government engineering college has been planned in the same district since North Bengal has enormous importance,” said the official.
On 10th September, 2012, the higher education department has already written to the DMs seeking lands to set up the colleges.
“A minimum 5 acres is required for each college. We have already received information about suitable land in Darjeeling and Murshidabad while replies from the other two districts is awaited. There will be adequate funds provided for the colleges. Moreover, students will benefit from the hostels and well equipped libraries which shall also be an integral part of the colleges,” said the official.
The students will find a place in these colleges through WBJEE. Initially, the most popular streams like electronics and telecommunications, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil and B.Pharma will be opened. Later, the government may include more streams.
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Management Seats Admissions from 12th September, 2012
Admissions into the management quota of engineering colleges will commence from 12th September, 2012 and completed by 5th October, 2012.
According to the guidelines issued by the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education ( APSCHE ), submission of online applications by the students will begin from 8 a.m. on 12th September, 2012 and end at 11.30 p.m. on 22nd September, 2012. Colleges have to forward the merit list to the officials by 24th September, 2012 for verification. The validated list will be displayed on the web portal on 28th September, 2012.
Selected candidates will have to report to the college concerned before 1st October, 2012. The second list prepared against the unfilled seats will be released on 5th October, 2012. The final selected list has to be submitted to the APSCHE for ratification before 20th October, 2012. The online portal designed for the entire process is ‘http://apsche.cgg.gov.in’ and it will be accessible to both the colleges and students.
The managements have to notify in newspapers and upload on the web portal the details of courses offered with intakes under category – B, the schedule of admissions, registration fee for application, tuition fee and bank account details.
Once the data is furnished, the details of the college will be available for students to access for submission of online applications. Students can view all the colleges at a glance by clicking on the colleges menu in the portal. Students can see the seat distribution branch wise .
By clicking ‘Apply Online’ menu button the application form for that college will appear on the screen and the student has to fill up all the details and the preference for each branch. Student have to pay the application registration fee as required for that college and also user charges of 70 to CGG through the online facility ( Net banking ) or by cash in any of the AP Online centres.
Those paying cash at AP Online centres have to take a printout of the application form and make the payment by the end of the next working day of registration. Once the fee is paid the application will be automatically confirmed for that college. Student have to apply separately for each college by paying the requisite application registration fee and user charges.
After the successful submission of form an online acknowledgment will be sent to the email ID of the student.
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