Candidates who wish to take admission in Engineering courses in colleges of AP through EAMCET will get a return fee of Rs 10,000/-.
Every year Andhra Pradesh Government paying Rs 35,000/- per annum or 90%t of students taking admissions through EAMCET counseling in engineering colleges under the fee reimbursement scheme.
Of this amount, managements are promising to return Rs 10,000/- to each student if they take admission in their college.
All applicants who appeared for Engineering, Agriculture & Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET 2013) are eligible to get engg seat in any college in Andhra Pradesh.
A total of 3.5 lakh seats in 720 engineering colleges provided in all over AP. Only 2,90,015 candidates appeared for EAMCET 2013 exam.
Now the applicants are in search of good engineering colleges to pursue their B.E/B.Tech degree.
The numbers are marginally less than last year, when 3.88 lakh candidates applied for the test. The numbers applying for what could be the last EAMCET for Medical discipline, shot up to 1.02 lakh over the last year's 94,418, given the indecision on NEET.
In 2012 over a 90,000 engineering seats left in all over AP. The poor rush for the engineering is also putting the colleges survival in danger.
Last year some Engg colleges failed to admit at least one candidate through convener quota and many other colleges had shut down particular departments that did not have any admissions.
For all reasons Engg colleges managements offering Rs 10,000/- return to the students. There is no another way to attract the students for their colleges.
Around 17 Engg Colleges claimed Rs 50,000 fees. Another 68 colleges claimed between Rs 50,200 and Rs 1,02,000, based on their financial statements. However, 578 colleges claimed fees of Rs 35,000 without submitting any financial statements.
"This is really shocking. The scheme was devised to provide an opportunity for students from economically weaker sections. Government has been spending Rs 4,000 crore per year for the purpose. We cannot allow unscrupulous elements to misuse the scheme. We are gathering data of such errant colleges," said Prof Jayaprakash Rao, chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education.