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Talks with self-financing college managements soon, says Minister

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Affordable fee for students of SC/ST communities


  • Student organisations' allegations `baseless'
  • Government paid Rs.34 crores as various benefits
  • Managements' stand adamant

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Minister A. P. Anil Kumar has said that the State Government would soon initiate discussions with the management of self-financing professional colleges on the issue of fixing affordable fee for students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe community.

    Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Anil Kumar said that the allegation of organisations such as the SFI that students belonging to these communities were being denied their entitled benefits was baseless. He said that the Government had paid out Rs.34 crores as various benefits to Scheduled Caste and Tribe students in June alone. The only issue that remained to be resolved was the fee in self-financing colleges for students from these communities.

    He said that the Chief Minister would soon initiate discussions with the management of the Self-financing professional institutions. He said that the self-financing institutions were demanding fee at the rate fixed by the K. T. Thomas Committee. The fee was very high when compared to that in government quota. The issue had become complicated, as the objectives of promoting such institutions could not be achieved owing to court interventions and other lack of clarity that cropped up later. He appealed to the self-financing institutions to adopt a benevolent approach to the issue. In reply to a question, he said that students belonging to these communities would not be denied the opportunity to continue their studies on the fee issue. A few instances had come to his notice and he had promptly intervened and sorted out matters, Mr. Kumar said.

    He said that he was sympathetic to some of the issues raised by students organisation, but had sought to react to the charges only because he felt he should put the record straight.

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