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Concern over admissions imbroglio

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, JULY 22. Cutting across party lines, members of the Legislative Council today forced a discussion on the plight of meritorious students who were poor and those from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes seeking admission to professional courses.

They criticised the State Government for not finding a solution to the admissions and fee structure imbroglio despite its negotiations with the managements of private professional colleges.

A remark made by L. Hanumanthaiah (Congress) criticising the Supreme Court directive fixing the seat-sharing formula for government seats and management seats at 50:50 was supported by the Leader of the Opposition, D.H. Shankaramurthy. Dr. Hanumanthaiah and H.K. Patil (Congress) said the Supreme Court directive had caused hardship to students. But, B.K. Chandrashekar and V.S. Ugrappa advised against making such remarks against the apex court and said the remarks should be expunged.

Mr. Shankaramurthy, immediately after Zero Hour, expressed unhappiness that the subject, which he wanted to raise under Rule 68, had not been included on the agenda, as it was a matter of urgent public importance.

The acting Chairman, V.R. Sudarshan, said that the Government had convened a meeting of political party leaders for a discussion on the issue and that was why he had not included it on the agenda.

Supporting Dr. Hanumanthaiah, Mr. Patil said that no parent with even an income of more than Rs. 5 lakhs a year could afford to pay an annual fee in the range of between Rs. 1.62 lakhs and Rs. 2.42 lakhs for a medical seat.

Mr. Sudarshan relented and said the matter would be taken up for discussion under Rule 68 on Friday.

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