Assembly passes bill of 15 per cent as
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, June 30, 2006
Marking a major step in the educational
sector, the Kerala Assembly on Friday unanimously
passed a legislation seeking to regulate admissions,
fee structures and minority status of self-financing
The Bill, piloted by Education Minister
M A Baby, was passed by the House in an extended sitting
that ended in the wee hours on Friday, with the Congress-led
opposition UDF backing it after attacking the LDF
government at various stages of the progress of the
The legislation envisages 50 per cent
of seats in self-financing institutions for various
reserved categories, including Scheduled Castes and
Tribes, Backward Classes, economically weaker among
forward communities and physically challenged.
Of the remaining 50 per cent seats,
the managements would get 15 per cent as privilege
seats and 15 per cent as NRI seats.
The general merit seats had been pegged
at 18 per cent and two per cent for students with
excellent record in arts and sports.
The Kerala Professional Colleges (prohibition
of capitation fee, regulation of admission, fixation
of non-exploitative fee and other measures to ensure
equity and excellence in professional education) Bill
2006, also lays down norms to determine the minority
status of institutions.