A meeting between the State Government and private college managements made no headway on the deadlock between them on a slew of issues concerning the consensual agreements and fee hike.
While the State Government, in order to woo the private managements back to the discussion table, offered to scrap the Fee Fixation Committee it had formed earlier this year, the private managements held on to their demand for a hike in fee. They have conveyed to the State Government that the Higher Education Minister's plans to keep the fee at the current structure was not acceptable. Representatives from the colleges claimed that costs had gone up and the fee needed to be increased.
They had not proposed any changes in the seat matrix.
The Government promised to follow up the 2010 consensual agreement with the Supreme Court.
They had also agreed to challenge the Karnataka High Court's judgment, by Justice Gopala Gowda, that decrees that professional courses could not have a differential fee structure. “This differential fee structure is at the crux of our consensual agreements. Then how can the government propose a fresh agreement without challenging this judgment? Colleges cannot afford to be caught on the wrong foot as far as the law is concerned, as our very survival is at stake,” an official from the COMED-K (Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka) said.
When State Government officials brought up issue of the “consensual agreement” — a document that the private management consortium, and the State Government sign every year — the private managements said that until the government lives up to its side of the bargain they are not willing to discuss the matter.