More Students can now Study for Government Fee

More Students can now Study for Government Fee

As many as 20 students allotted to the fifty per cent government quota in colleges under the Kerala Private Medical College Managements’ Association will have to pay only the government fee of 25,000 for the MBBS course under a seat – fee understanding arrived at between the Association and the government on 5th July, 2011 night.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb, Health Minister Adoor Prakash and Minister for Rural Development K.C. Joseph represented the government in the talks. A formal seat-fee agreement would be signed shortly.

Of the 50 government seats in these eleven colleges, five would be for the SC / ST category; 15, for the community quota;13, for the SEBC / low income group categories and 17, for the general merit category. Of these five, eight and seven students from the community, SEBC / low income and general merit categories respectively would get to study for 25,000.

Last year only seven candidates in the government seats could study for government fee. For the rest of the students in the government quota, the fee would be 1.38 lakh.

The fee for the management seats would be Rs.5.5 lakh with a refundable deposit of 5 lakh. The fee for the NRI seats would be 9 lakh; both these fees are the same as that of last year. The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations would make allotments to the 50 percent government seats in these colleges.

However, the government and the Kerala Christian Professional College Managements’ Federation could not reach a seat – fee understanding on 5th July, 2011.

Briefing presspersons, coordinator of the Inter – Church Council George Paul said the Federation had sought two days’ time to seek legal advice on the question of nullifying the admissions of students who have already been allotted seats in the medical colleges under the Federation.

If the Federation now surrendered half its seats to the government, many students would lose their seats and may move courts. However, the Federation was willing to surrender 50 per cent of seats to the government next year, he added.

Briefing presspersons after the talks, Mr. Chandy said though the Association wanted a increase in the fee in the management quota this year they yielded to a request from the government to maintain status quo. “The government thanks the Association for this,” Mr. Chandy said.

When asked about the stand of the Federation, Mr. Chandy said the government could not be held responsible for the allotments made by the Federation to its colleges.

The Federation should compulsorily adopt an approach based on the principle of social justice. The current stand taken by the Federation was totally unacceptable.