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Medical seats impasse may end today

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Fee hike likely

The fee for a medical seat under the government quota is likely to go up. The government is expected to accept the proposal of private medical college managements for a hike in lieu of 700 medical seats being put in the Common Entrance Test (CET) pool.

This hike will be in addition to the 10 per cent hike already agreed upon in the consensual agreement for 40 per cent (700 seats) of the seats in private medical colleges.

This breakthrough is expected to be announced on Friday.

The Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation, representing 12 medical colleges, has also demanded a fresh consensual agreement.

Apart from private colleges, aspirants will also have access to 2,280 seats in 18 government medical colleges.

M.R. Jayaram, secretary of the Foundation, claimed that the matter may be resolved by Friday, but Minister of State for Medical Education Sharan Prakash Patil said that the government is examining the issue and would wait for private medical colleges to announce their decision.

In May, with the advent of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the foundation had announced that the consensual agreement was no longer valid and that they would fill 85 per cent of their seats using NEET rankings with nothing for the government quota (40% of the total seats). This had led to a delay in the option entry process, which was supposed to begin on Wednesday. The process is now expected to begin on Friday for seats other than medical.

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