Court expresses displeasure over the government repeatedly seeking adjournments

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday gave time till April 1 for the State to sort out the issue related to fixing fee for engineering courses in private unaided colleges through talks.

The court also expressed displeasure over the government repeatedly seeking adjournments on the pretext of holding talks with college managements.

Asking why the government cannot takeover the colleges instead of insisting them on charging lower fee, the Bench comprising Justice K.L. Manjunath and Justice Ravi Malimath said that students could be given “free” seats if the government runs these colleges as the managements had expressed their inability to run them with the fee being proposed by the government through consensual agreement. The Bench was hearing a petition filed by some college managements seeking fixation of fee through a regulatory committee according to the law. The managements have termed the fee proposed by the government through agreement as meagre.