Staff Reporter

35 p.c. of seats will go to medical college managements and 15 p.c. to NRI students

Cabinet panel's recommendations on admissions accepted Government to contest rules framed by the Medical Council of India

BANGALORE: The Cabinet on Saturday decided to fix the government quota at 50 per cent for medical and dental seats in unaided minority and non-minority colleges, 35 per cent for college managements and 15 per cent for NRI students for the next academic year.

Briefing presspersons about the decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting held here, Minister for Information B. Shivaram said that the Government has accepted the recommendations submitted by the Cabinet subcommittee on November 15. The subcommittee went into the recommendations made by the Higher Education Department Committee for 2006-07. Mr. Shivaram said government seats will be filled through the Common Entrance Test (CET) and the quota of college managements through a test to be conducted by the Confederation of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges in Karnataka and college associations under a centralised counselling system. Eligibility for admission to medical and dental seats will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in the CET. Mr. Shivaram said the Government will file an application before the Supreme Court against the rules framed by the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India. The eligibility for admission to engineering colleges will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in the pre-university examination and the CET. The Cabinet has decided to fix the minimum marks at 45 per cent for students in the general category and 40 per cent for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students.

Bill

In the light of the Constitution amendment on reservation in admissions to private professional institutions for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes, the Government has decided to table a Bill in the "immediate possible legislature session" to formulate its own rules.

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs H.K. Patil told presspersons after a high-level meeting on the issue that the participants discussed the need to include suggestions on fee structure and the question of bringing non-professional courses under the purview of the Bill.

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