The Times of India | TNN | February 23, 2016 |
Thiruvananthapuram: Education minister P K Abdu Rabb and representatives of Kerala Self-Financing Engineering College Managements’ Association would meet on Thursday to discuss various issues, including the volume of NRI quota in colleges. “We expect the meeting to reach a consensus on the admission in NRI quota. With a large number seats falling vacant in engineering colleges every year, clarity on the quota and procedures to be followed for admission to NRI seats is a must,” said the managements’ association president K Sasikumar. Since participation in entrance examination is not mandatory for students seeking admission to NRI quota, private college managements hope the 15% quota and permission to admit students from other states would help them increase student strength. Data indicate that at least 30% of engineering seats remained vacant last year.
The admission supervisory/fee regulation committee headed by Justice J M James had last year objected to the continuance of 15% NRI quota in engineering colleges. The committee wanted to reduce the quota to 5% as per the decision taken by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Though AICTE had cut short the 15% quota, the state government continued it. Following objection from the committee, the government later introduced the Non-Keralite dependent quota to circumvent the hurdle. Sources said the committee was now unlikely to object to the NRK-dependent quota this time in the background of the pleas made by the managements and the government that most colleges were collecting reasonable fees from students. According to data furnished by colleges affiliated to the state technological university, only 40,261 candidates took admission to engineering colleges last year. As per this figure, 17,861 seats remained vacant despite colleges lowering fees for management quota seats to similar or lower than that fixed for government quota seats. – Courtesy