Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reimburse a 100 per cent tuition fee for UG engineering (B.Tech) students. The revised reimbursement rules will come into effect from the upcoming academic session (2019-20). Students belonging to EBC, BC, Kapu, Minority, and PH (Physically Handicapped) are eligible for the fee reimbursement in Andhra Pradesh.
Until 2018-19, the state government reimbursed Rs. 35,000 for B.Tech and B.Arch students. As per the revised rules, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reimburse the full fee for the benefit of students. However, students must note that the reimbursement is applicable irrespective of the exact fee structure of the college.
For example, if a student of any of the above-mentioned categories pays Rs. 80,000 as tuition fee for B.Tech course, the state government will reimburse the full amount. The average B.Tech fee in Andhra Pradesh engineering colleges is around Rs. 40,000 – Rs. 65,000. Therefore, the reimbursement hike will benefit the students, particularly from economically weaker sections.
The state government formed a nine-member committee to fix the reimbursement amount for B.Tech and B.Arch courses. The committee proposed Rs. 65,000 as the reimbursement amount for these courses. However, after several deliberations, AP HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao approved Rs. 45,000 as the reimbursement for engineering and architecture courses.
Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme
The Andhra Pradesh government has rolled out Jagananna Vidya Deevana Scheme through which tuition fee incurred by students for various courses. The students whose family income is less than Rs. 2,50,000 per annum shall be eligible for Jagannana Vidya Deevena Scheme. The reimbursement for pursuing ITI courses will be Rs. 10,000 while the same is Rs. 15000 for Polytechnic students.
For the past few months, private engineering colleges and students have been demanding the government to hike the reimbursement. Finally, the government has taken a positive step for the benefit of students.
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