Listen to Students on CET, Says Guv; Nothing to Fear, Assures Minister

Referring to the ongoing Common Entrance Test imbroglio, Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj on Wednesday said anything that makes students unhappy must be immediately done away with

Published: 19th December 2013 08:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2013 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Referring to the ongoing Common Entrance Test imbroglio, Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj on Wednesday said anything that makes students unhappy must be immediately done away with.

However, Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil tried to allay fears about the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission and determination of fee) Act 2006.

Under the new system, there will be no government quota seats with lower fees in unaided colleges.

Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a function to remember South African icon Nelson Mandela, Bhardwaj said, “My knowledge on CET is limited, but if students are unhappy with any decision made on the matter, then people (those in government) should resolve and rectify it.”

The minister, said, “I don’t understand why people are predicting wrong things. The act was framed to provide justice and bring in transparency and we are implementing it for the same purpose.”

On the issue of fee for undergraduate professional courses at private professional colleges, Patil said, “It is not that the fee will be high. The committee headed by a former high court judge will determine the fee by following the criterion mentioned in the act. Even exams conducted by private colleges will be monitored by the committee and the procedure for conducting the entrance test will be mandated by it.”

“There is a provision in the act to take action against institutions if they overrule admissions. According to the act, if private institutions indulge in malpractices in admissions or entrance tests, then the government can take over their entrance tests,” Patil said.

The Minister said there will be no seat blocking or capitation fee and every seat will be distributed according to merit. “Now, all the private institutions, including KRLM, COMEDK and deemed universities come under the ambit of the act. There is a provision in the act  for private institutions to join the CET conducted by government. If they don’t agree, then they can conduct another test,” he said. 

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