AP Govt to Review Fee of Engg College Management Quota Seats
Official notification from Andhra Pradesh state government has not been released till now which states the changes in filling the management quota seats in engineering colleges for the year 2012-13. But managements of most of the engineering colleges began to collect lakhs of rupees in the form of donations. Few colleges have issued official notification and began the procedure of receiving the applications from the students. Few other colleges are registering the names of students unofficially.
As there are no clear norms to fill the management quota seats in engineering, students and their parents are worrying. The procedure of admission should start only after higher education department issues notifications with the detail of allotment of additional seats, management seats filling etc. As there are no clear instruction on when to begin the filling of management seats, college managements are taking this as an advantage and are admitting students by issuing admission notifications. If applications can be submitted at the same time for various colleges, it will be advantageous for the students. If different colleges announce different dates for receiving applications there will be no time for the students and parents to take a proper decision.
For the academic year 2012-13, there will be two major changes in management quota seats. One is eligibility marks required for taking admission in engineering colleges under management quota seats have been lowered. NRI quota seats will also be decreased. Up to 2011-12, 70% seats in convener quota and 30% seats in management quota were filled. Fifteen percent seats in these management quota seats were filled by NRI quota students.
As per the guidelines of AICTI, from 2012-13 academic year, NRI quota will be limited from 15% to 5%. Because of this, the seats that will be filled in direct management quota method will increase to 25% from 15%.
The donations for engineering seats in main colleges are very huge. Most of the students are opting for computer science, mechanical, civil, EEE, IT and other courses after ECE. The fee for seats is according to the popularity of the college and demand for the courses. As per rules, engineering colleges have to collect five thousand dollars from the students who take admission under NRI quota. As the seats in NRI quota will be decreased, the number of seats under management quota will increase.
In the present academic year, the demand for mechanical course has increased after ECE and computer science. As IT sector is not in good position and as the salaries for civil candidates are less, students are opting to join in mechanical course. Increased job opportunities in automobile, thermal energy and production sector are the reasons for mechanical course becoming popular. Because of this lakhs of rupees are being collected as donation for mechanical seats.
There have been discussions since long time about filling the management quota seats through online method to prevent donations. Third grade colleges are ready for this. In many colleges the fee structure is going to change from the 2012-13 academic year. Government of Andhra Pradesh will decide the fee by taking into consideration the income and expense n the colleges. With this, there will be no financial burden on the engineering college managements. With this the colleges may stop collecting donations. If the filling of management quota seats is also done online, talented students can get seats, according to experts.