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Impasse continues over admissions

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, AUG. 20. Uncertainty continued over admissions to professional courses today as the meeting between the Government and private professional college managements here failed to resolve the issue of fee structure.

The meeting was convened by the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, to urge the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) representatives to accept the 75:25 seat sharing formula and the interim fee structure fixed by the A.B. Murgod Committee. The Government and COMED-K have agreed to meet on August 24 to finalise the fee structure.

`Row has ended'

After the meeting, the Chief Minister said: "The confrontation is over. The COMED-K Chairman and Congress MP, R.L. Jalappa, and others have given their suggestions. We will come to an amicable settlement at the August 24 meeting." He said he had directed the officials to hold discussions with the representatives of private college managements to work out fee subsidies.

The consortium has challenged the fee fixed by the committee in the High Court of Karnataka. It is expected to place its demands again at the next meeting.

The average annual fees fixed by the committee for the medical, engineering and dental courses are Rs. 1.65 lakhs, Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 85,000, respectively. The Government adopted the 75:25 seat-sharing formula last year. Sobha Nambisan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, said the Government would file an affidavit in the Supreme Court and submit the list pertaining to allotment of seats and admission made in private professional colleges. "We had filled more than 50 per cent of the engineering seats by August 19."

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