The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday said that the Kerala Government will soon bring a new legislation for admission of students to self-financing medical colleges in the state. The decision was taken at a meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram which was attended by representatives from all political parties. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the admission of students to self-financing medical colleges (SFMC) after the Supreme Court order on the matter. The State Health Minister K K Shailaja was also present at the meeting who explained the situation of admission in SFMC after the Supreme Court decision.
The Supreme Court had directed that admission to all seats in medical colleges must be made through merit in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The court also said that the tuition fee for medical courses should be fixed by a regulatory committee.
Prior to this, 50 percent of the total seats were filled as per merit list and rest 50 percent were reserved for management list. The total fee charged from students admitted under management quota was also higher than those admitted on the basis of merit list.
According to Press Trust of India, the apex court had directed that the colleges should do away with the difference in admission fee and that the admission to all the institutes should be according to the principles of reservation. The court also directed to conduct a centralized allotment process for admission to these colleges.
The representatives of the political parties at the meeting supported the decision of merit-based admission and regulation of admission fees. The Chief Minister said that the government would discuss the matter with all parties involved including private managements and frame a law considering suggestions of all the parties. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that they were not informed about the meeting.
(With Inputs from Press Trust of India)
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