No uniform fee next year for professional courses in colleges: Deshpande

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DESHPANDEBANGALORE, August 28:  Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R.V. Deshpande told presspersons here on Tuesday that the government will not adopt uniform fee for admission to various professional courses in colleges in the State from next academic year (2014-15).

Mr. Deshpande said that the government has decided to implement the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2006, from 2014-15, for admission of students for medical, engineering and dental courses.

Under the 2006 Act, two committees would be constituted.

A Fee Fixation Committee, headed by a retired High Court judge, to fix fees for various colleges based on the availability of infrastructure, and an Admission Regulatory Committee, headed by a former vice-chancellor of a university, for monitoring admissions.

These committees would be set up before December 31, 2013, to hear grievances of private college managements, he said.

Fee would be varied in different engineering, medical and dental colleges based on the availability of infrastructure in those colleges, Mr. Deshpande said.

Till this year, the 2006 Act was kept under suspension and the government had signed agreements with private managements and fixed two different types of fee for seats under government and private management quota.

The government would subsidise the fee for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and backward class students, he said.

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