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Eng. Colleges Allure Bihar’s Students

Many engineering colleges, which have missed out to varsities in other states in terms of yearly approaching of students owing to political ambiguity in the state, are now turning to Bihar to block up in their vacant seats. College managements which used to propel their public relation teams to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are now paying efforts to rope in students from Bihar in big numbers. According to the data available with the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE), thousands of students from Bihar have taken admission in colleges in Andhra Pradesh in the past five years. Figures disclose that since 2008, out of 27,930 students who joined engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh, 60 to 70% hailed from Bihar. Last year, over one lakh seats in engineering colleges across the state were lying empty with just 1.30 lakh students coming forward to take admissions. This year, 13 out of the 609 private engineering colleges had no new admissions while less than 10 students took admission in 34 engineering colleges. The board which issues certificates announcing equivalence of 10+2 grades obtained by students from other state boards had permitted 6,000 students across the nation to take admission in state engineering colleges this year, out of which over 3,080 hailed from Bihar. Engineering colleges have been drawing students from Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Mizoram separately from Nepal and the Gulf nations. Interestingly, sources said that these students have been admitted in engineering colleges for a fee less than the convener quota fee of Rs 35,000. "Students were lured to get fee recompense scheme funds from the state government. There is no record on whether these students are still studying in the state, even as colleges mint money using their names," said P Madhusudan Reddy of Government Junior College Lecturers Association, a body which has previously brought the issue to the take in of the state government. Observers said that marketing manuals of colleges assure free lodging in college hostels for students from Bihar. Sources said, in some cases, students are still offered laptops and gadgets.

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