The practice of students’ blocking-seats in the privately operated engineering colleges in the state has been going on for years now. New Karnataka engineering college Admissions regulations are here to stop it.
To restrict private engineering colleges from blocking seats for students, the government of Karnataka has decided to make amendments to the existing educational Act within the state.
Recently a notification was issued by the government regarding the amendment of the Karnataka Educational Institutions Act of 1984 (Prohibition of collection of capitation fee from students).
The Karnataka government published the draft on the 1st of October 2020.
The amendment is expected to be finalized on the16th of October 2020. During this time the public can put forward their suggestions regarding the amendment to the Principal Secretary of the Karnataka Government (Department of Higher Education).
The amendment will be finalized after taking into consideration any significant changes to be added as suggested by the public.
Karnataka Engineering College Admissions – The Proposed Amendments
Four main changes have been proposed by the government of Karnataka to the Karnataka Educational Institutions Act of 1984 (Prohibition of collection of capitation fee).
1. The Student Fails To Attend College
In the event where a student does not attend classes in the private engineering college after securing a government seat, she/he will have to pay a penalty. The penalty is five-times the booking-fee paid for their seat in addition to the booking fee paid.
Private colleges have the responsibility to inform the KEA regarding any seats that remain vacant. This is in the event where a student fails to attend the classes despite blocking the seat in advance.
In case the college does not inform the KEA they have to pay a penalty which is five times the amount of fee collected for the seat.
3. Original Documents Of The Student Must Be Collected During Admission
The private engineering colleges have the responsibility to collect the original documents of the student during the time of their admission.
The original documents may be released to the student only after the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) grants permission to the college to do so.
The KEA will check with the institution and make sure that the student is attending the course regularly. Only after that will they grant permission to the college authorities to release their original certificates and documents. In that case, the student is not entitled to pay any fee as a penalty.
4. Student Has To Pay Penalty Charges
If the student failed to attend the course despite blocking the seat by paying the required fees, she/he must pay five times the amount as penalty charges to that particular engineering college.
The college has the responsibility to collect the amount and transfer it to the Karnataka Examinations Authority.
They have to do so within 7 days after receiving the amount. In case they fail to collect the penalty charges from the student the college authorities are liable to pay the amount to the KEA.
According to the notification issued on the 1st of October 2020:
- Objections and suggestions may be sent to the Principal Secretary of government
- All the suggestions received before the specified period will be considered
- The relevant suggestions will be included before finalizing the amendment