As Karnataka government is planning to implement the Karnataka Professional Education Regulation (Regulation of Admissions and Determination of Fee) Act of 2006, from 2015, government seeks suggestions from the students and officials to amend the act.
The state government had a meeting with the students; parents and officials to discuss to implement Act of 2006. Students had requested the government to ban ComedK test, which is conducted by the private colleges and have common test for admission to professional courses.
Students also said that the government has to convince the central government to bring the uniform law for conducting the entrance exams for admissions to professional courses across the country.
They also urged to ban the ComedK test, if the government wants to implement 2006 Act.
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Sharan Patil said "We are trying to bring in a student-friendly Act. The process of amending the Act is going on, and we need to meet all the people concerned. After that, we will place it before the Assembly and Council."
Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said, "We also need to consult private professional college management and collect their opinion."
Earlier in 2014, state government had planned to implement 2006 Act, but, massive protest by the students made the govt to withdrawn the plan.
What is Karnataka Professional Education Regulation Act 2006?
- No government quota seats in any private institution.
- Unaided Non-Minority must provide 50% quota along Karnataka government lines. SC / ST / OBC (5 subgroups).
- Unaided Minority need not provide SC/ST/OBC quota but must ensure 66% of seats are allocated to that minority group that runs the college.
- No upper limit to fees. Each college can set fees according to its location, infrastructure, quality, etc. A 2-Judge panel will nail complaints of exorbitant fees.
- A 15% NRI ( or NRI sponsor quota) is allowed even encouraged for purposes of cross subsidization.
- Only two entrance tests are envisioned. CET for govt colleges and ComedK, which is an all India test for private colleges. Things are still up in the air as minority colleges want their own test. But this is a rough formula.
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