Professional educational institutions bill postponed for Assembly's Joint Session


Sharanprakash Patil, Medical Education Minister, said that the amendment for the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions Bill 2006, to regulate the admission to professional colleges, has now been postponed for the Joint Session of the Assembly to be held in Bengaluru some time in January or February.

The Bill was scheduled to be placed in the ongoing Winter Session of the Assembly at Belagavi.

The Chief Secretary Koushik Mukerjee, who was asked to look into the modalities followed in the neighbouring states in the admission to the professional colleges including Medical and Engineering colleges, has not yet submitted his report.

“The government would incorporate the recommendations made in the report of the Chief Secretary and place the bill in the Assembly for approval”.

Talking to The Hindu in Kalaburagi on Sunday, Dr. Patil, said that consensus still eluded on the provisions made in the bill with the stakeholders including the student organisations and opposition parties insisting on government quota in the private medical and engineering colleges.

He said that State government was not in a position to incorporate the provisions of providing government quota in the seats available in the medical and engineering colleges as it would go against the judgement of the Supreme Court which had clearly stated that there should not be any discrimination in the fee structure of the students admitted in the colleges. (The fees for the government quota seats are highly subsidised).

Dr. Patil said that although a central act to regulate the admission with the provision of government quota seats in the professional colleges was the only solution, the State government was considering to introduce a clause to make the private medical colleges to provide scholarship in the form of subsidy to the students admitted under the government quota seats in the proposed amended bill.

He said that proposed amended bill will be an effective tool to end all irregularities during admissions into the medical and engineering courses at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels. The two mandatory committees - Admission Overseeing Committee and the Fee Fixation Committee - would ensure that no private professional college enjoyed a free hand in admitting students or collecting the fees.

One of the provisions in the bill provides for the Admission Overseeing Committee to transfer all the seats of a college to the government quota if there was any irregularity or malpractices found in the admission of professional courses.

To a question, Dr. Patil said that the State government has completed the formality of sending the letter of intend to the Medical Council of India (MCI) seeking its permission to start six new medical colleges at Kalaburagi, Chamaranjanagar, Gadag, Karwar, Madikeri and Koppal and the inspection team from MCI is expected any time. While the buildings required for starting the first year MBBS courses in Kalaburagi, Gadag and Koppal would be ready by March, due to the rains and other reasons there would be slight delay in completing the work in Karwar, Madikeri and Chamaajagar.

However, he said that the recruitment of the doctors and para-medical staff required for the proposed medical colleges have been completed. Dr. Patil said that the land for the proposed medical colleges at Yadgir, Bagalkot, Tumukuru and Chitradurga were available and the search for the suitable land for the medical college at Haveri and Chikballapur was on.

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