A day after Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil said 50 per cent of seats in private institutes including deemed universities would be reserved for students from the state, some deemed universities on Thursday questioned his claim.
R L Jalappa, a senior Congress leader and owner of the Devaraja Urs Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolar, said, “The deemed universities never come under the purview of the state government and the 2006 Act which they are going to implement will not apply to us.” Jalappa was referring to the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission and determination of fee) Act. He said the deemed universities are directly controlled by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Meanwhile, Jalappa said the deemed universities may approach the court, if the state government started imposing the Act on them. “I have discussed this with the managements of other deemed universities too. We have all decided to wait for the final decision of the government. If they don’t change their decision, we will fight it legally,” he said.
According to Jalappa, the implementation of the 2006 Act will not help the poor students in any way. “Though it is our government, I don’t agree with the decision of implementing the Act. The fee for medical seats will cross `3 lakh which cannot be afforded by the poor and middle-class families,” said Jalappa.
However, there are some deemed universities which are already providing seats to state students.
M S Santosh, joint registrar of the Jain Group of Institutions, said, “We have given an undertaking to the state government that we will provide seats to students from the state voluntarily as we are residing in Karnataka.”
‘Would be Happy to Stay in K’taka’
Bangalore: Governor H R Bharadwaj on Thursday said he would be happy to stay in Karnataka if the President extends his term. “My term will end in June 2014. But as the general elections are coming up, the President may extend it,” he told reporters, on the sidelines of ‘Yuvajanothsava 2013’, organised by Bangalore University. On the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor at Davanagere University, Bhardwaj said he has sanctioned a extension for the process till December 31. Bharadwaj also commended Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof Thimme Gowda for his “hard worker”. “After he took charge as V-C, there have been no controversies, no strikes. This is the best university in the state now,” he said.