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Government, six managements reach pact

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Staff Reporter

Rs.45,000 fee for merit seats in these private medical colleges

Government to hold talks with engineering managements today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Six self-financing medical colleges in the State have reached an understanding with the government to admit students to 50 per cent of their seats for a fee of Rs.45,000. No deposit will be charged.

For 35 per cent of the rest of the seats (the management quota) the fee will be Rs.5.5 lakh and a deposit of Rs.5 lakh. For the 15 per cent NRI seats, the fee will be Rs.9 lakh and no deposit.

A separate entrance examination will be conducted by the association of private self-financing medical colleges for admissions to the management seats. This test will not carry any negative marks and will be conducted under the supervision of the P.A. Mohammed Committee.

The rank list will be prepared by giving 50:50 importance to the marks scored in the entrance examination conducted by the association and those scored by the candidate in the qualifying examination. Only those who score above 50 per cent in this entrance test will find a place in the rank list.

This agreement was reached here on Saturday during talks between representatives of the association led by its president Fasal Gafoor and Education Minister M.A. Baby. Later, Mr. Baby told presspersons that the managements agreed to forgo the deposit in merit seats as the interest that would have accrued to them from a deposit was added to the fee charged last year.

This understanding would be whetted by the Law Department here, then taken for approval to the P.A. Mohammed Committee and then taken to the Supreme Court for its approval. “All this would be completed in the shortest time possible,” Mr. Baby said.

The colleges that have agreed to these terms are Dr. Sam Somervel Memorial College, Karakkonam, Kannur Medical College, Kannur, Karuna Medical College, Palakkad, MES Medical College, Kuttippuram, Gokulam Medical College and SUT Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

At the Pariyaram Medical College and at the CAPE, the fee for government seats would be the same as that in government medical colleges. The fee for the management seats would be similar to the fee being charged in private self-financing medical colleges, Mr. Baby said. The Assisia Medical College, Kollam, which is awaiting the Medical Council of India’s nod, would admit students under these terms if it gets approval for admissions this year.

To a question, Mr. Baby said the association and the government would discuss the possibility of a long-term fee-seat pact once Saturday’s agreement was formalised.

The government would hold talks with the association of managements of self-financing engineering colleges at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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