The State government, which is keen on implementing the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006 from the next academic year, has said it will benefit meritorious students.

When asked how the Act’s implementation will be of use to students, Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R.V. Deshpande told journalists here on Tuesday that more seats would be available for students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes as the overall number was expected to go up.

Book release

He was at a press conference to release a book listing the “achievements” of the Congress government in the State in the first 100 days.

The Higher Education Department also cleared the ambiguity relating to the constitution of local inquiry committees (LICs) of the State-run universities which are responsible for inspecting colleges to grant affiliation, additional intake, etc. Mr. Deshpande announced that henceforth, only experts would be inducted into LICs.

“There are no parameters on who should be in the LICs; sometimes there are Syndicate members, sometimes no experts. So from now on, only experts will go for inspection as part of the LICs,” he said. The Minister also added that the LIC inspection reports would be put up on the university websites.

Accreditation

The Minister announced that the government would ensure that all 17 State universities would be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Only six have been accredited so far.

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