Seats Government Could Take Over In Professional Colleges
After 100% of seats in private medical colleges came under the state's control by virtue of a central government directive, the state government may consider controlling admissions to management quotas in other professional colleges too, such as engineering, law, MBA and pharmacy . If implemented, it could be a major setback to all private institutions in the state, which have no control over admissions to general seats now.
Managements of medical colleges, meanwhile, are gearing up for a fresh battle in court against the central government's move.
A state government official said the Maharashtra Private and Unaided Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fees and Admissions) Act, 2015, states that management quota seats should be filled on the basis of merit. “There is, however, no way to monitor if colleges are violating the merit norms,“ said the official. He added that there was also a demand from parents and students.
Each course has a diffe rent reservation for management seats. While in private medical postgraduate courses, 50% are reserved for ma nagement quota, in undergraduate courses it is about 15%. In engineering and technology courses, around 20% seats are reserved for the management. The Act also describes merit, as declared by the competent authority , in a common test, accepted by the government. “Taking admission in private colleges under the quota is like buying the seat despite your merit,“ said a parent.
Private colleges, however, claim the recent moves on taking control of private institutes will discourage investment in the education sector.
Kamal Kishore Kadam, president, Association of Managements of Unaided and Private Medical and Dental Colleges, said they have moved petitions in the Aurangabad and Nagpur benches of the high court, against the common counselling directive in medical colleges.