Meeting chaired by Chief Minister resolves imbroglio over admissions

A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah here on Friday with Minister of State for Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Rudrappa Patil and Higher Education and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande has resolved the imbroglio over admissions to PG courses. Representatives of private college managements attended the meeting.

PG medical

With six days to go for the completion of admissions to postgraduate medical courses in the State, the government has decided to continue the consensual agreement entered into between the government and private unaided educational institutions for admissions in 2013-14.

The Supreme Court, in its order on May 13, said that the last date for admissions for PG medical courses will be May 31.

Seeking extension of the last date for admissions, the government has filed a petition and it would come up for hearing on Monday, according to Dr. Patil said.

Counselling for postgraduate medical and dental seats for candidates who have qualified in the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) will begin on May 26.

On May 26, counselling will be held for PG dental seats and on May 27 and 28 for medical seats, Dr. Patil told presspersons.

Seat sharing, fee

As many as 7,548 candidates who wrote the PGET of RGUHS on March 3, qualified for counselling for medical courses, while 1,081 students qualified for dental counselling.

Last year’s seat sharing ratio and fee would continue this year also, Dr. Patil said.

Dr. Patil said that the government would implement the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006, from 2014-15.

“It is difficult to implement the Act this year on account of shortage of time. We are going to implement the Act from next year,” Dr. Patil said. Under the 2006 Act, the government has to constitute a Fee Fixation Committee headed by a retired High Court judge and an Admission Regulatory Committee headed by a former vice-chancellor of a university, for fixation of fee and as well as monitoring admissions.

Both committees would be set up before December 31, 2013, to hear grievances of private college managements, Dr. Patil and Mr. Deshpande said.

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