Deshpande hopes colleges will fall in line

Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande on Thursday said efforts were on to convince the private professional college managements to sign the consensual agreement with the State government on seat-sharing and fee structure in the existing format.

The KUPECA, which had agreed to continue the existing agreement during a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on February 21, did a U-turn four days later. It said that it would not sign the consensual agreement unless the government hiked the fee for engineering courses.

 Speaking to Deccan Herald on Thursday, Deshpande said that he had asked Rajneesh Goel, principal secretary, Higher Education department, to talk to the private college managements and convince them to adhere to what they had agreed. 

“They promised to continue with the existing fee structure and seat-sharing ratio.
 Everyone, including members of  KUPECA and other private medical and dental associations were present on the occasion. I hope they will adhere to their promise,” he said.

‘Ordinance not intended’

Noting that the problem would be resolved at the earliest keeping in mind the future of students, the minister said that the government had no intention to bring in an ordinance to amend the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006, and implement it from 20014-15 to rein in the private colleges. 

“We do not have such idea at present,” Deshpande said.

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