HYDERABAD: Authorities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) on Monday asked representatives of 100 colleges to pay one-fourth of the Rs 40 crore dues in common service fee before the semester exams begin on November 9.

In case the amount is not paid, JNTU officials made it clear that customised answer-sheets and other stationary would not be given to colleges. Such a scenario could directly impact 45,000 students.

“We have asked the colleges to pay minimum of 15% of pending dues in order to get stationary for the semester exams. Even the university needs money to issue stationary to the colleges,” N Yadaiah, registrar of JNTU told TOI. “The dues have been pending for the past three years,” he added.

After deliberations by college managements and the university, answer sheets and other stationary for the practical exams were later issued on Monday to the colleges. Meanwhile, in the meeting held between members of Private Engineering Colleges Association (PECA) and the university officials, the latter was told that many colleges were not in a position to pay the amount.

“On this issue, the university has asked us to submit a list of such colleges who are not in a position to pay even one-fourth of the pending dues. Later, the university will take a decision on the issuance of stationary to them,” said Gowtham Rao, president of PECA.

While colleges blame the Telangana government for delay in fee reimbursement, the university claims that the colleges have spent the amount on paying the salaries and other expenses. “As per GO 78 issued in 2013, the common service fee was delinked with the fee reimbursement scheme. The colleges have been collecting this amount from the students and not submitting the amount to us,” said Yadaiah.

However, private engineering colleges maintain their stance and say that the amount was never collected from the students. “Until 2011, students received Rs 4,500 in the first year and Rs 2,500 from second year onwards. This amount was paid by us to the university. From 2012, the government stopped giving this amount so even the colleges stopped paying the university,” said Syed Jamshed, secretary of Syed Hashim College of Science and Technology, Gajwel.