Monday, 6 July, 2009

Budget 2009 - more allocation for expansion of IITs, NITs

According to the Union Budget 2009, over 2000 Crore, in addition to the Rs 7,596 allocated in the Interim Budget, has been allocated for higher education and technical education expansion for expansion of IITs and NITs.

The government proposes to set up eight new IITs, seven IIMs, 10 NITs and 20 IIITs in the Eleventh Plan period (2007-12). This apart, it plans to set up 30 new central universities, a national tribal university, five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and two new Schools of Planning and Architecture.

In addition, Rs 25 cr each for AMU campuses in Murshidabad and Mallapuram. Online job exchange to be started with private partnership.

Friday, 3 July, 2009

VIT B.Tech Admission Fees Refund..

How I got my admission fees refunded from Vellore Institute of Technology..
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Vellore Institute of Technology hold its counselling in the month of July, way before that of other prominent universities and engineering institutes
-- Their way of filling their coffers ofcourse..they don't refund the counselling fees(Rs.30,000 for me last year) you see unlike the IITs and NITs.
Plus uncertain students like me, who've given dozens of exams already, to secure the best future, rush along to register for whatever branch is available. Most of us then later get admission in a more prestigious, reputed college and want our money back...

Refund of fees is done according to certain UGC norms -- it means VIT gets deduct some money even though I did not attend a single class, did not even stay a single day in the the hostel room that hadn't yet been alloted to me.
I don't really know what the UGC norms are, its somthing like - fees deduction from initially paid admission fees depends on the number of days after admission you want to leave .

  1. We went to Vellore, met the admissions officer personally. (going to Vellore is not necessary - you can mail your letters too.)
  2. He asked us to write a letter with my Name, Branch, Registration No., DD no. etc that said somthing like 'I wanted to withdraw my admission.' to Admissions Office, VIT, Vellore .
  3. We wrote another letter to 'The Chief Warden, VIT, Vellore' which goes like this - 'I would like to withdraw my hostel room for which I have sent a DD, by courier, of Rs.69,000 drawn from Union Bank of India, Pune, dated 16/6/08.Kindly make arrangements for the refund. Thanking you, .....'. You should write in your full name, address, contact number.
  4. They then handed me a 'No Dues' Form..which was quite absurd, but standard procedure for withdrawal I suppose. I was given directions and made to go to certain athorities' offices , to sign my forms.
  5. I submitted the 'No Dues' form, photocopy of DDs and my 'Temporary Identity Card' given to me during admissions.
  6. We got the letter placed in my file, that the institute had created after my admission.
  7. VIT did not respond for several weeks. We kept calling them. There was a problem we were told, we didn't have any receipt for fees payment...
    I had sent in my fees and hostel option form through DD to the Admissions Office. We didn't get any official confirmation neither any fee receipt, hence we called up the office ourselves for confirmation, which they'd then given on the phone.
  8. Finally after lots of calling and talking, we got our fees refund after 6 months, after deduction of Rs. 10,000.

Fee Structure at NIT Warangal ..

  1. For The Batches Admitted In 2009-2010 And Onwards
Tution and other Fees, in Rupees, to be paid each semester-

B.Tech. 35100 17500 21500 17500 21500 17500 21500 18200

2. In addition, every odd semester students have to pay Hostel fees. For the First semester for the 2009 batch this amounts to Rs.15,000.

3. Mess bills have to be paid every month at SBH or Andhra Bank. The amount varies every month, approximately Rs. 1500.

Misc: Students will need to buy new books, as prescribed by professors, every semester. Then there are phone bills. The mess does not serve dinner on Saturdays, only a sort of tea at 4 pm, so you might want to order your food..

Pune - Warangal Trains, Maharashtra-Warangal

There is only 1 direct train from Pune to Warangal/Kazipet
- 1019 - Konark Express (Mumbai CSTM - Bhubaneshwar)

NITW cultural fest videos from YouTube