Responding to the Supreme courts order to implement uniform tuition fee for both conveyor and management quota engineering seats, the Andhra Pradesh state government came up with two new plans to reduce its fee reimbursement burden.
From the past 5 years, the AP state government is successfully running the fee reimbursement scheme for the poor SC, ST, BC and EBC students whose parental annual income was less than Rs 1,00,000. When it launched the scheme, the fee was just Rs 19,000 but now with the latest hike it became Rs 51,000 which will create a huge burden to the government.
So, in order to reduce this burden it came up with two options – one, it would fix an upper fee limit per student for reimbursement (which would be around Rs 31,200 per annum per student) and as a second option it will ask colleges to increase the management quota seats, so as to decrease the number of conveyor quota seats. Moreover, the state government is also planning to restrict the number of students taking admissions under the fee reimbursement scheme by introducing eligibility parameters such as attendance and academics apart from parental income.
As per the sources, all these options are legally valid. However, the finalisation will take more time which can result in the delay of the counseling, which is supposed to be held on 6 August.
The government once again reiterated to the managements of engineering colleges that admissions will be conducted only for colleges which have submitted the details of their expenses. As of now only 240 engineering colleges in the state have submitted details of their yearly expenditure to SC. It also mentioned that it is giving second chance to the colleges which have not submitted the details to submit them in order to participate in the counseling.
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