The State government and the Kerala Christian Professional College Managements' Federation have reportedly arrived at an understanding which allows the federation to charge a uniform fee of Rs.3.75 lakh for the MBBS course and a uniform fee of Rs.75,000 for the engineering courses in its professional colleges.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was present during talks with both the engineering college managements and the medical college managements. Health Minister Adoor Prakash on Thursday night however refused to confirm such an agreement.

For MBBS, 15 of the 50 seats which would be given to the government would be for the community which the management represents. The rest would be filled up by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations in accordance with existing norms. Each college would set up a scholarship fund of Rs.40 lakh, Federation coordinator P.J. Ignatius told The Hindu .

Though it was agreed that only the poorest of the poor students would get scholarships, the finer details were still being worked out, Federation coordinator George Paul said. For the engineering courses too 50 percent of the seats would be for the government. Of this, 10 per cent (six seats) would be set aside as community quota. In addition to the uniform fee of Rs.75,000, a refundable, interest-free deposit of Rs.1 lakh would be charged from each student. Each engineering college under the Federation would set up Rs.3 lakh as scholarship fund, Dr. Paul added.

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