Consortium opposes Government fee for professional courses

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Chennai, Jun 6 (UNI) The Consortium of Tamil Nadu Self Financing Professional and Engineering Colleges today said that it was opposed to the fee structure announced by the Government for admission to various professional courses for this year.

Talking to newspersons here, the Consortium President-Chairman Jeppiaar said that the Justice Balasubramanian Committee appointed by the Government to fix the fee structure had unilaterally announced the decision without taking into confidence the Consortium.

He said the fee fixed by the Commission, Rs 32,000 for Government quota and s 62,500 for the Management quota were not acceptable, as the Consortium had demanded that the Commission fix Rs 75,000 for accredited courses and Rs 67,500 for non-accredited courses for both Government and Management quota seats.

He said the present fee structure announced by the Commission was fixed four years ago and it was not at all acceptable to the Consortium, which had more than 200 self financing colleges in the State as members.

He said the Consortium has sought the intervention of the Government and expressed the hope that the Government would call for talks to resolve the issue.

Mr Jeppiaar said that the Consrotium was willing to cooperate with the Government and that the admission process should begin as per the schedule announced by the Anna University.

He said the Consortium also takes exceptions to the Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi's claim that last year target of allotting 65-35 percentage of seats will be allowed this year was not correct.

He said the Supreme Court had held that the Self Financing Colleges should fill 100 per cent of seats on their own and the Consortium was willing to negotiate with the Government on this issue.

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