Outside tech colleges eye AP fee sops.

Several deemed and private universities located in other states offering engineering courses have asked the state government to incorporate them in its “list of prestigious institutions”. This way, students from Andhra Pradesh who take admission in these institutions will become eligible for scholarships and the fee reimbursement scheme.

At present, the state government provides scholarships and fee reimbursement for AP students who take admissions in prestigious institutions like the IITs, NITs and BITS-Pilani. Engineering colleges in the state, however, have strongly opposed the proposal stating that it would further fuel migration of students and push them deeper into crisis.

With 1.5 lakh seats going vacant in the state this year, the college managements are worried that if the state provides scholarships to students to pursue engineering in other states, it will prove disastrous for them. Their contention is that about 72,500 students who qualified in Eamcet but skipped counselling this year have migrated to other states and more students will migrate due to political disturbances in the state if the government provides scholarships to these students.

Every year, thousands of students from the state take admissions in engineering and pharmacy courses in several deemed and private universities in other states. The demand is more for institutions in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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