Staff Reporter

No decision on proposal to conduct single entrance exam

Some of the deemed universities agree to give

25 p.c. seats to the government quota

Private managements worried over court ruling on fee; engineering colleges want fee cap increased

BANGALORE: Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda said that status quo will be maintained on the seat sharing formula between the State Government and private medical colleges in the State. He said that the fee structure too is unlikely to see any changes.

Speaking to media persons after a meeting with Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali and representatives of private medical and engineering colleges here on Monday, Mr. Gowda said the managements of private medical colleges had “almost agreed” to this decision. However, the final word on the matter would be out shortly.

Private managements, however, did not share the Minister’s view as they were concerned about the implications of a High Court judgment. The court ruling against a “differential fee structure” could not be ignored as students could later drag private colleges to court, director of a leading private medical college said. Private colleges were accusing the medical education department of “taking things lightly”.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gowda announced that the three of the deemed medical universities in the State had agreed to hand over 25 per cent of their seats to the Government, to be allotted (at a subsidised fee) by the Karnataka Examination Authority. Further, the State was in talks with the remaining deemed varsities to arrive at similar agreements. Managements had sought time till February 6 to give their response, said Mr. Gowda.

Single entrance test

Despite long discussions on the feasibility of a single Common Entrance Test (CET), amidst heated debate between private engineering colleges, no decision was arrived at. Private managements, which displayed ample unity during negotiations in previous years, now appear divided over this issue.

Further, private engineering colleges wish to increase the existing fee cap (at Rs. 1.25 lakh) and have said that they cannot afford to offer seats at a subsidised fee under the “poor and meritorious quota” established last year. Seeing no end in sight, Mr. Limbavali said that a committee comprising Principal Secretary (Higher Education), Executive Director and Administrative Officer of the KEA and a sub-committee comprising representatives of private engineering colleges, have been constituted to resolve the matter.

“We will positively look into the demands of private engineering college with regard to the seat sharing formula and fee structure,” said Mr. Limbavali.