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AP govt decides to reserve 35 pc of seats in private universities under ‘convener’ quota

For a long time now, private universities charging exorbitant fees have burdened a lot of poor and middle-class families, thereby making quality education unavailable to many who could not afford the same.

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Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reserve 35 per cent of seats in Private Universities under the ‘Convenor’ quota and fix the fees collected by the universities as well.

The YSRCP government has taken a giant step towards ensuring that affordable education is made accessible and available to meritorious students hailing from poor and middle-class families.

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For a long time now, private universities charging exorbitant fees have burdened a lot of poor and middle-class families, thereby making quality education unavailable to many who could not afford the same.

APSCHE Chairman Prof. Hemachandra Reddy in a statement here on Wednesday said that in order to solve the aforementioned imminent problem, the state government has decided to reserve 35 per cent of all seats in private universities under the ‘Convenor’ quota and fix the fees collected by the universities as well.

He said that these 35 per cent of seats would be assigned to candidates by the government, based on the Common Entrance Test conducted at the state level.

No University will have the right to collect more fees or provide seats that have been reserved under the quota.

However, when it comes to deemed universities, as the regulatory body of the UGC, this policy doesn’t apply, but the Government has already written to the UGC, asking the body to permit the Government to do so, keeping in mind the larger good and are waiting for a response.

Apart from fixing the fees, the Government will also be paying the fees of those students who are eligible for fee reimbursement, under,’ Jagananna Vidya Deevena’,.

Mr Reddy said ‘The vision of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is to make quality and affordable education available to every single student in the state.

For a long now, a lot of students hailing from poor or middle-class families were either overburdened or had to forgo their seats in private universities due to the exorbitant fees collected by the authorities.

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