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Karnataka Engineering Colleges Hiked Fees By 10% For Govt Quota Seats

The fees for government seats in private engineering colleges in Karnataka have been raised by 10 percent, according to M C Sudhakar, the state's Higher Education Minister.
 
The fees for government seats in Karnataka private engineering colleges have been increased by 10 per cent. According to the state’s Higher Education Minister M C Sudhakar, the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had a consensual agreement with the Private Engineering College Management Association in this regard in February this year. Speaking at a press conference at Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) office on Thursday, Sudhakar said that before the election code of conduct came into effect, the previous government announced this hike. He further stated that the fee hike cannot be reversed as it has been decided as per the procedure. “The decision to hike engineering fees by 10 per cent was taken by the previous BJP government. In February, there was an official order. When it was brought to our notice when we came to power, we examined how it was done. As per procedure, the fee hike was done in deliberation with private colleges. It can’t be reversed now,” the minister said. He clarified that any decision to revise the agreement will create confusion among students. In 2022, there was a 10 per cent fee hike as well. Furthermore, when the consensual agreement was signed between the state government and the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association, the fee hike was mentioned for two years, reports add. The All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO) Karnataka State Committee have expressed disappointment over the decision. AIDSO said that the state government has “crushed" the dreams of deserving students of the state. Meanwhile, the government has reportedly said that they will make efforts to reduce the fee hike by 5 per cent. Any decision to revise the fee, however, is unlikely to take place this academic session.As per The Hindu, there are a total of 1.1 lakh seats available for engineering courses in Karnataka’s private engineering colleges. Of these, 53,248 seats may be allotted under the government quota. Also, there are about 25,171 seats that might be available through the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) and around 33,463 seats would be available under the management quota.

The fees for government seats in private engineering colleges in Karnataka have been raised by 10 percent, according to M C Sudhakar, the state's Higher Education Minister. He stated that the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had reached an agreement with the Private Engineering College Management Association in February of this year. Sudhakar made these remarks during a press conference at the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) office on Thursday, mentioning that the fee hike was announced before the election code of conduct came into effect. He emphasized that the fee increase cannot be reversed as it was implemented according to the established procedure.

Sudhakar clarified that revising the agreement would cause confusion among students and highlighted that the decision to raise engineering fees by 10 percent was made by the previous BJP government, supported by an official order issued in February. When the current government came to power, they examined the process and found that the fee hike had been carried out in consultation with private colleges. Consequently, the minister stated that the decision cannot be reversed.

Reports indicate that in 2022, there was also a 10 percent fee hike when the consensual agreement was signed between the state government and the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association, explicitly mentioning the fee increase for two years. The All India Democratic Students' Organisation (AIDSO) Karnataka State Committee expressed disappointment over this decision, criticizing the state government for "crushing" the aspirations of deserving students. Meanwhile, the government has reportedly stated its intention to make efforts to reduce the fee hike by 5 percent. However, any decision to revise the fee is unlikely to occur during the current academic session.

According to The Hindu, there are a total of 1.1 lakh seats available for engineering courses in Karnataka's private engineering colleges. Out of these, 53,248 seats may be allotted under the government quota, approximately 25,171 seats may be available through the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K), and around 33,463 seats would be available under the management quota.