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Calcutta firm to run cradles

Ranchi, Oct. 16: The state science and technology department will sign a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Calcutta-based Techno India on October 19 to run a government engineering college in Ramgarh and polytechnic in Silli on public-private partnership basis, ending a five-year wait for the launch of the institutes.

Once the MoA becomes functional, the college buildings and all infrastructure facilities on their premises will be handed over to Techno India.

Science and technology director Arun Kumar maintained that 75 per cent of the seats at the institutes would be reserved for Jharkhand students. Twenty-five per cent of the total seats will be filled up through All India Engineering Entrance Examination. There will be no management quota for admissions to courses at the institutes.

The course fee for 35.2 per cent of the students will be on a par with those at BIT-Sindri, the only state-run engineering college in Jharkhand.

The course fees for the remaining students will be fixed by a committee headed by a retired judge of Jharkhand High Court.

“Such a practice is prevalent in several states. The government will not be interfering with the routine affairs of the institutes. The management committees of the institutes will not have any government representative,” Kumar clarified.

The results of fresh bidding that were invited for running engineering colleges in Chaibasa and Dumka will also be opened on October 30. The previous tender process was cancelled, as only a single bidder had turned up.

Sources said Techno India was in the race for running the colleges in Chaibasa and Dumka, too. Then chief minister Madhu Koda had laid the foundation stone of the technical institutes in 2007. At that time, it was perceived that the institutes would be fully run by the state government. But, when Arjun Munda became the chief minister in 2010, it was decided to engage private players to form joint initiatives.

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