KOCHI: Justice James committee, the professional admission supervisory committee in the state, has started a probe into the violation of rules by certain self-financing engineering colleges in the admission to BTech NRI quota seats, after getting complaints in this regard.
“We started inquiry following a specific complaint received against Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Technology (SNGIST) , North Paravoor, Ernakulam, in this regard. A cursory glance at the website of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) revealed that several engineering colleges are admitting students to NRI quota without obtaining the mandatory approval from the AICTE,” Justice J.M. James, head of the Admission Supervisory Committee, told DC.
He said that notice had already been issued to SNGIST seeking its explanation while the committee was in the process of identifying and issuing notices to others from among over 120 private self-financing engineering colleges in the state.
The complaint sent in this regard pointed out that the application processing fee charged by AICTE for NRI quota was Rs 2 lakh for each seat during 2010 and 2011 which was enhanced to Rs 3 lakh in 2013.
However, many engineering colleges are evading paying this amount and the loss to AICTE on this count comes to crores of rupees.
It is pointed out that as per the AICTE regulation, parents should remit fee for the student from their NRE accounts only through bank drafts which is also allegedly violated by many colleges.
As per AICTE Approval Process Hand Book–2010, the results of last two batches of final-year students must not be less than 75 per cent to apply for NRI quota. Many colleges allegedly do not meet this requirement....