Following a meeting of senior ministers on Friday,the Congress government in Karnataka has decided against the implementation of the controversial Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission and determination of fee) Act 2006 for admissions to engineering and medical colleges for the year 2014-15.
The Congress government had soon after coming to power in the state in May this year announced that it would begin implementation of the Act passed in 2006 during the rule of the JDS-BJP government from the 2014-15 period.
The new admission regime proposed to be implemented by the government had attracted widespread criticism from the opposition as being implemented with the interest of the educational lobby comprising even several ministers. It was alleged that the proposed admission regime would be detrimental to the interests of poor students .
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,while announcing the government decision against conducting admissions under the new law,assured parents and students that the
government was keen to
protect the interests of poor and meritorious students seeking admission to professional colleges.
The controversy over admissions to engineering and medical colleges becoming expensive for students from poor backgrounds was viewed by ministers in the Congress government as being likely to hurt the party in the Parliament polls next year.
Following the meeting,Siddaramaiah said that the implementation of the new law will now be considered following consultations with a wide range of interest groups in the state.
Admissions to professional colleges will be conducted in the coming year like in recent years through the Common Entrance Test,the Chief Minister said.
Under the new law,fee and admission process would have been conducted through consensual agreements entered into between the State Government and the Private Unaided Educational Institutions imparting Professional Educational Courses.