The State government will issue a public notice in the coming days to allay public fear on the implementation of the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006.
According to Rajneesh Goel, principal secretary to the Higher Education Department, the notice will contain details of the constitution of the Fee Fixation Committee (chaired by Justice Ajit J Gunjal) and Admission Overseeing Committee (chaired by Justice V Jagannathan). “The notice will also have contact details of the two committees so that anyone can approach them,” Goel said.
“The implementation of the 2006 Act is going on in normal course. I don’t see a reason why people should panic,” Goel said.
Student Bodies Protest
Meanwhile, various student bodies have been staging protests against the removal of government quota in unaided professional colleges. The All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) on Wednesday announced a State-wide protest on December 19 followed by a bandh of pre-university colleges on December 21.
The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has given a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah demanding the government to roll back the implementation of the 2006 Act and revert to the earlier form of seat-sharing and arrangement of fees. In fact, the SFI has demanded that seat sharing ratio be 75 per cent government and 25 per cent management.
COMED-K Notifies Reservations
The Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) has notified that its member institutions will follow the reservation policy as laid down in Section 9 of the 2006 Act in the Post-graduate Entrance Test admissions. Fifty per cent seats will be reserved for SCs, STs and OBCs from Karnataka.
According to the state’s reservation policy, Category-1 will have 4 per cent, Category-2(A) 15 per cent, Category-2(B) and Category-3(A) 4 per cent each, Category 3(B) 5 per cent, SCs, 15 per cent and STs 3 per cent.
The last date to submit PGET applications is January 3 and the test will be conducted on February 2 in Bangalore.