A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday with Minister of State for Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Rudrappa Patil and Higher Education and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande to resolve the imbroglio over admissions for PG courses remained inconclusive. The meeting was attended by representatives of COMED-K.
While it's just 8-days left for the completion of admissions for postgraduate medical courses in the State, the Government seems to be in two minds on its consensual agreement with the Private unaided educational institutions for the upcoming admissions of Academic year 2013.
As the petition is pending, the govt has decided to hold another round of meeting in the next few days.
Though the Chief Minister and Dr. Patil are committed to implementing the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006, they fear a fixation committee under the Act may increase fee and that would burden students belonging to poor families. Moreover, a committee is yet to be constituted.
Dr. Patil said that the private college managements have expressed readiness for continuation of the consensual pact. But the managements placed a proposal to seek a hike in fee. The government considered that hike in fee would increase the financial burden on meritorious students belonging to poor families.
Dr. Patil said, "Keeping in view the students' interests, the government has an open mind on admissions. The government is keen on implementing the 2006 Act and is considering the pros and cons of the Act as well as the consensual agreement," Dr. Patil said. "We cannot keep the future of the students in the dark all the time. We are going to implement the Act. But time is too short now. The Chief Minister will hold another round of meeting soon to finalize the admission process."