The Times of India |
KOCHI: With the majority of private self-financing engineering colleges failing to get enough students, the government stepped in to save them by granting permission to fill up to 15% seats with Non Resident Keralites (NRKs) this year. This is over and above 5% seats reserved for NRI children. With this, NRKs can sponsor “dependents” for admission in an engineering college without even appearing for the entrance exam. The move will help the majority of private colleges that don’t have AICTE approval to admit NRI students and comes at a time when the technical education regulator is looking to cut the total number of undergraduate engineering seats as many institutes fail to get students.
“Many colleges that didn’t have AICTE permission admitted NRI students as well as NRI’s dependents. This order will help regularize these admissions, besides permitting them to admit more students who have not given entrance exams but have an NRK sponsor,” said an official with the Higher Education department. As per AICTE records, of the 162 engineering colleges (minus nine government engineering colleges that don’t have NRI quota), only 61 have approval to admit students under NRI quota. Further, to ensure more admissions on NRK quota, many private self-financing engineering colleges have reduced the fees from the government-fixed amount of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 40,000 per year. – Courtesy