State convenes meet of private professional colleges

The State government has convened a meeting of representatives of private professional colleges on January 3 at Vidhana Soudha to elicit their opinion on implementing the 2006 legislation on admissions to professional courses in the State from the next academic year, Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, he said the government will take a decision whether to implement the Act or continue with the existing concessional agreement system after the meeting, which will be chaired by Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande.

Representatives of private colleges, minority institutions and deemed universities will be invited to the meeting, he added.

The 2006 Act – the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulations of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act – envisages setting aside 50 per cent seats for Karnataka students in private colleges.

Besides, all admissions will be regulated by an Admission Overseeing Committee and a Fee Regulation Committee will fix the fees. All admissions in private colleges will be scrutinised by the committees with an intention to ensure transparency, Dr Patil said.

Some colleges have suggested that both the Act and the system of concessional agreement should be implemented. But it is not feasible, he said.

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