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Team from Medical Council of India coming this month Team from Medical Council of India coming this month

StatementsTalks on seat sharing with college managements have failed Colleges want higher fees from students admitted under management quota Lawyers have advised the State adopting the differential fee system Union Government should enact a law on admissions

Bangalore: The six new government medical colleges are ready for inspection, Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy has said.

Addressing presspersons after announcing the results of CET (Common Entrance Test) 2006, he said a Medical Council of India team would visit the six colleges this month to inspect the infrastructure available. "If they are satisfied with the infrastructure, they will give their approval to start the colleges this academic year. If this happens, we will admit 50 students each in the six medical colleges," he said.

The Minister said the Government was finding it difficult to appoint teachers and other staff for the six medical colleges.

Demand for higher fees

Mr. Shankaramurthy said talks on seat sharing with college managements had not yielded results. "The college managements want higher fees from students admitted under the management quota," he added.

He said neither the Government nor college managements had the authority to demand higher fees from students. The Government had consulted lawyers and academics, who advised it not to accept the differential fee system. If it implemented the system, it would be guilty of contempt of court. "The Supreme Court judgment clearly states that there should be no difference between the fee structure for students admitted under the government quota and that for students admitted under the management quota," he added.

The Minister said the problem could be solved if the Union Government introduced a law that was applicable to all States.

Quota

Mr. Shankaramurthy said 50 per cent of the seats in the government educational institutions were reserved for students from the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes. Fifteen per cent of seats formed the NRI quota. The remaining seats were under the general merit category. "There will be no change in the fee structure for any of the categories. However, the Government will provide scholarships to students from SCs, STs and OBCs," he added.

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