Chief Minister allays fears on fee hike

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said there was no going back on implementing the provisions of the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission & Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006.

The State government, he said, would protect the interest of students and ensure social justice by way of reservation.

Clear picture after report

Briefing reporters on the sidelines of Janata Darshan, Siddaramaiah said a clear picture on the admission process and fee structure in professional colleges will emerge once the Fee Fixation Committee and Admission Monitoring Committee, each headed by a retired high court judge, submit their recommendations.

He urged parents and students not to panic. “Let there be no apprehension. Let the committees submit their recommendations and we will take appropriate action,” he said reacting to reports that fee in private professional colleges will witness a steep hike with the government deciding to implement the provisions of the 2006 Act.

‘Not implemented’

“The provisions of the Act were not implemented as the government and private managements entered into a consensual agreement on the fee structure and seat-sharing. This time, the provision will come into force,” Siddaramaiah said.

He said he was unaware of any lobbies at work but the government would abide by the law.

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