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Engineering Graduates of VTU still expecting Fee Repayment


Engineering Graduates of VTU still expecting Fee Repayment

Having completed their four - year courses in engineering, students passing out of colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) are on a sticky wicket.

The Government owes each of them Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 75,000, to be reimbursed as per the "higher fee / lower fee and fee subsidy" scheme implemented in 2006.

Four years later, students from engineering colleges across the State have not received reimbursements for at least three years.

While the colleges have sent several representations to the Department of Higher Education and the State Technical Education Department, there has been no response. In fact, in 2009, the Higher Education Department announced that the funds have been allocated and will soon be transferred to students' bank accounts.

However, the money never arrived, colleges say. Even the cheques for Rs. 25,000 as the first year fee were handed over to students in March 2008, a year late. As for consecutive years, there was no communication from the Government.

No less than 5,000 students of the 2006 - 2010 batch are directly affected by the delay.

In the 2008 annual budget, Rs. 8 crore was allocated for the purpose, however transactions were not made. This year, the Department of Higher Education asked the Government for Rs. 44 crore towards reimbursements. Of this, Rs. 27 crore will go towards reimbursements to students in the "higher fee" category and Rs. 17 crore for students in reserved categories.

"I had taken a loan to pay my fee and am being charged interest for every rupee. Every day the Government delays reimbursing my money, students like me are paying for it," Raghavendra P., who is all set to travel to the U.K. to do his Masters' in Technology, told.

In 2006, the Janata Dal (S) - BJP coalition Government ordered a three - tier fee system. Seats allotted through the State's Common Entrance Test (CET) were divided into two categories, one that would pay Rs. 65,000 as fee and the other Rs. 90,000, and were promised a reimbursement of Rs. 25,000 from the Government.

This scheme was discontinued in 2007. No less than 25 per cent of the entire batch of 2006 - 2010 was part of this scheme.

Earlier this year, the Government promised to pay this money by when the students would complete their course. Colleges collected account details and sent representations.

However, the money did not come through. Anusha Mehrauli, a student, said : "We have written to the Department of Technical Education requesting it to send our money. How much longer do we wait?" In fact, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, she has now landed a job in New Delhi.

Following up on this amount will be really difficult once we move out of this city, she said.

Engineering Graduates of VTU still expecting Fee Repayment

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