Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Kerala Catholic Engineering College Managements’ Association has denied reports that the Inter-Church Council had backed out of an agreement reached between the government and the Christian self-financing college managements on a seat-sharing formula for professional programmes in the State.

A press release issued by the association here on Friday said the managements and the government had never reached an agreement on seat-sharing in self-financing colleges. It said that Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI(M) State secretary, had held direct talks with the representatives of the Christian self-financing institutions in November, 2008. The association accused the office of the Education Minister of having rejected the suggestions evolved during the talks. It said the Calicut University had initiated retaliatory steps against four self-financing affiliated colleges in violation of an agreement.

The release said the government was not ready to accept the suggestions for resolving the deadlock in the self-financing sector even though the Christian managements were ready for a compromise.