Karnataka: Private engineering colleges seek fee hike for CET seats | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges’ Association (KUPECA) has sent in a proposal to the government, seeking an increase in fees for students joining private colleges under government quota for the upcoming academic year.
KUPECA chief Panduranga Shetty said they had formed a technical panel to make the calculations on revision in fees, adding: “We’ve sought a 30% hike.” The government is yet to take a decision on the plea. “We have not increased the fees for three years though the government has allowed medical and dental colleges to hike their fees.”
‘Can’t run colleges without fee hike’
The government has to understand our concerns. We will not be able to run colleges without a fee hike as all our expenditures are increasing,” Shetty said.
The technical committee has said it has not sought specific percentage, but has told the government where their expenditure is increasing. According to the proposal made to the chief minister and the deputy chief minister, the association has sought to fix the other fees at a maximum of Rs 20,000 under various heads.
“Whichever college is providing infrastructural facilities for skill labs/industry hub/industry connect may be permitted to collect skill lab fees to a maximum of Rs 20,000. Optional fees for training and placement, hostel and transportation as actuals incurred. Tuition fees should be increased every year minimum 15%-25%. The National Fee Fixation Committee, AICTE, government of India, in their process handbook, has suggested the fee structure for the engineering courses Rs 1,44,900 to Rs 1,58,300,” the proposal added.
‘Need 25% more teachers’

“The engineering colleges collected Rs 65,340 as fees for CET seats as specified in the consensual agreement for 2020-21. Fees fixed in the consensual agreement during 2012-13 was at Rs 38,500 for both engineering and medical colleges. However, while engineering colleges collect Rs 65,340, medical colleges are collecting Rs 1,28,746. According to the new teacher-pupil ratio, we need at least 25% more teachers.
The starting scale of teachers in 6th Pay Commission was Rs 32,000, the Seventh Pay Commission wages start at Rs 55,000,” said Manjunath Bhandary, member of the technical committee and chairman of Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management.

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