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Don't disturb status quo, colleges told

Bangalore Nov. 24. The managements of unaided professional colleges were today requested by the Secretary, Department of Higher Education, T.M.Vijayabhaskar, to continue the admission pattern and fee structure for the current year as they were notified a few months ago. The request was made by him while speaking as chief guest at a colloquium on the recent judgement of the Supreme Court and its implications, in the light of reports of students selected through the Common Entrance Test being denied admission by some colleges.

Mr. Vijayabhaskar said since the judgement of the Supreme Court, under which the managements claimed unlimited freedom in admissions, came midway through the process of admissions and after fixing the fee structure, the pattern should not be disturbed for the current year. A committee with representatives of the Education and Law departments, and others concerned was proposed to study the implications of the judgement and the changes needed in the Education Act and rules in regard to fee structure and service conditions of staff.Giving a perspective of the judgement, Madhusudhan R.Naik, advocate, asked the institutions to themselves determine the cost of providing education and specify a uniform fee structure.

In his keynote address, S.Rame Gowda, former Chairman of the All-India Council of Technical Education, described it as a landmark judgement, and said the stakeholders, the management, university, and the statutory bodies should realise the implications of the judgement so that nobody took undue advantage of it.

M.R.Doreswamy, Founder-Secretary, People's Education Society, which organised the colloquium, expressed happiness that the Supreme Court had placed trust in the private managements and appealed to them to rise to the occasion.