Thiruvananthapuram: The engineering college students have alleged that the authorities have discriminated between those who have migrated to national institutions like NITs and IITs and those who have joined Cochin University of Science and Technology after the last date of admissions.
The fees of students who have shifted from government-controlled self-financing engineering colleges to national-level institutions after the final round of allotments to self-financing colleges were refunded. The others did not get the benefit despite a government order to exempt them from liquidated damages.
The order issued on January 29 specifically mentioned that the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations had been entrusted with the powers for refunding the fees of students allotted to government, aided and government-controlled self-financing colleges who got admissions in institutions from the all- India list after the deadline.
However, the Kerala Private Self-Financing College Management Association and the state government had earlier agreed that students in colleges under the management would have to pay liquidated damages if they seek transfer after the third round of allotment conducted by the CEE. But students point out that the agreement was not binding on government-controlled self-financing colleges as they are not part of the association.