Pvt Colleges Association to boycott talks with Govt

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Kochi, Jun 8 (UNI) The Self-Financing Engineering College Managements' Association today decided not to attend the scheduled talks with the Kerala Government tomorrow to finalise the fee structure and admission procedure for the current academic year.

After the Association's special meeting attended by its 49 members here, Association President G P C Nayar said, ''the three-tier gradation of the engineering colleges by the P A Mohammed Committee into A, B and C is not acceptable and the government should do something to reverse it.

'' Unless and until the government takes away the grading system, we will not enter into a dialogue with them,'' he added.

He said the Committee was not authorised to categorise the colleges and the grading was done without assessing qualification of teachers, infrastructure or the placement facilities offered by the colleges.

The Association had rejected the three-tier fee structure proposed by the Committee in which the 'A' grade colleges could collect an annual tuition fee of Rs 40,000 and a refundable deposit of Rs 75,000.

The annual tuition fee of 'B' grade colleges was put at Rs 38,700 and deposit Rs 50,000 while the 'C' grade colleges could collect only a tuition fee of Rs 38,700.

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