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Uniform Fee Structure For Private Medical Colleges In Kerala



In the past students did not have access to private medical colleges in Kerala due to their non existence. From 2002-03 onwards a number of private medical colleges came up with 50% low fee slab for poor students. But this could be carried for long. A two decade old constructive action has come to an end. There will be no subsidy for admission in private medical colleges of Kerala. This means economically weaker or poor students would have to cough up more for admission in medical colleges here, shattering their dreams of becoming a doctor.

This year onwards, the government has decided to have a uniform fee structure in all private medical colleges. A provisional ordinance has been already brought out which is supposed to be cleared in the assembly session, making it a law.

The uniform fee in private colleges will be Rs.5 lakh, as per the ordinance; except in 15% seats of the total seats allocated for Non-Resident Indians (NRI), where the fee will be capped at Rs.20 lakh. The fee for post graduate studies in medicine has also been increased from Rs. 6.5 lakh to 14 lakh. This will force the poor students to pay four times more fees as compared to last year. The annum fee was fixed at Rs.25,000 or Rs.2.5 lakh—depending upon where the student stood in the merit list and certain reservation criterions—under the 50% seats reserved for affirmative action. On the other side, the move has slashed fees for the well to do category. If last year the private managements were charging Rs.11 lakh in the rest of the seats they can fill up on their own, and Rs.15 Lakh in the NRI quota, they can only charge Rs.5 lakh and Rs.20 lakh now.

This contradicts the Marxist’s government’s move in Kerala, who had resorted to violent street protests violent street agitations, mainly by the student outfits like Student Federation of India (SFI) for subsidies in medical colleges of Kerala. This has led private managements to give in to government overseeing in the 50% of the seats, even though they had a free hand in deciding the fee and allotment process in the rest of the seats.

It’ll Bring To End The Provision Of Subsidized Medical Seats

Health minister K.K. Shylaja was unavailable to comment on this new development who had earlier vented het anger on the disruptions caused due to the recent Supreme Court order, making NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Exam) the necessary route to traverse for admission to medical seats.

The NEET order gave the state government-appointed committee the power to take charge of the admission process and fee structure which was not in favor of private colleges in which they were unwilling to give a respite in fee to low-income students. K.K. Shylaja said her department was asked to discontinue the four-tier fee structure post the NEET order, as it could lead to legal trouble.

But this government argument does not any value when we look at the active process of admission in states like Karnataka similar to that of Kerala and is moving ahead even after the NEET order. In the present academic year, 40% of the total seats in Karnataka have been earmarked for the poorest students at Rs.77,000 per annum as fees. Still the management has a free hand in charging for the rest of the seats, and they are at a higher price than Kerala—ranging from Rs.22 lakh to Rs.41.98 lakh per annum depending on the college—as per the website. Yet, no legal battles have come to fore in Karnataka.

KSSP say the fee regulatory committee which was appointed by the present government, suggested for Rs.5 lakh/annum fee by taking an average of previous year’s total fees, which is not a good way to decide for such an amount. According to an analysis done by KSSP president K.P. Aravindan, the total expenditure of a private college with 100 students might be well below Rs.1.5 lakh/student/annum. This goes to suggest that the present fees can be much below the Rs.5 lakh mark, since education institutions have no right to profit according to Indian law.

Looking at the political angle of this situation, marginal increase in fees led to week-long street protests in the previous year, which is calm this year—although the main opposition party Congress, and SFI, have both raised objections.



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MHRD To Implement 10% Quota Law College Seats Set To Increase



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“Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The quota for the economically weak, which allows them 10% reservation benefit, will be implemented in all educational institutions from 2019. “10% EWS quota will be implemented in the AY 2019-20 itself, without impacting the existing quotas for SCs,STs & OBCs and general seats,” said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today in a meeting with the UGC and the AICTE. “Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota,” he added. 

Read Also: Gujarat To Adopt 10% Quota In Jobs For Economically Weak With One Condition

“The modalities are being worked out and within a week’s time we will have the exact number of seats that will be added. The operation manuals about how to implement the quota will be issued soon. The colleges and universities will also be asked to mention the quota in their prospectus as well and make infrastructural arrangements accordingly,” Mr Javadekar said.

The decision comes after President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday cleared the landmark bill passed by parliament which will provide 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and college seats for people outside high income brackets.

Upon its implementation, in 40,000 colleges and 900 Universities, 10 per cent of college seats will now be reserved for students belonging to families that earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year and have not more than five acres of land. The 10 per cent quota is in addition to the 22.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent reservation for castes identified as the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

Saying it to be “unwanted”, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Union Finance Ministry, Kaushik Basu on Monday said,” by most calculations, somewhere between 96-99 per cent of Indian households fall into that category.”


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Delhi Will Soon Get 6 World Class Skill Centres, Admissions To Begin Shortly




Six world class skill centres are coming up in Delhi in March, announced Manish Sisodia. The admission process for these skill centres will be starting soon.

March 2019 will see six world-class skill centres (WCSC) open in Delhi, Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced. The skill centres being opened by the Delhi government will have a total capacity of 720 seats and will prepare students to acquire different professional skills. Sisodia said that a total of 25 such skill centres will be set up in Delhi, 19 of which will be made functional in August.

As soon as the admission process is over, they will be started formally,” Sisodia told reporters.

Importance of skill development

“The central government has also been taking about skills but what they did was that they made Sachin Tendulkar stand with a plumber in an advertisement. Plumbing is a skill but hospitality, banking also have opportunities for skills. Having a skill means a youth is standing on his feet with a professional approach,” said the education minister of Delhi.

He said skill is the future of education and it is important to impart skill education. He also said that entrepreneurship be also included as a skill so that the skill centres can give rise to job givers rather than job seekers.

The recruitment process for the hiring of Chief Operating Officers, Master Trainers, Office Executives and Support Staff has already been initiated for the WCSCs and will be completed by February, Sisodia said.

Where will the six world-class skill centres be located?

All the new WCSC will open in the existing ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and universities of the Department of Training and Technical Education.

“Availability of unutilised space in the existing buildings of ITIs, polytechnics, degree colleges and universities was explored by the Department. Accordingly, 25 institutes were identified where the opening of WCSCs was found feasible,” the government said in a statement.

Here are the locations:

  • Institute of Basic Business Studies (Pusa)
  • IIT, Dwarka
  • Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University
  • Society for Self Employment (SSE), Wazirpur
  • SSE, Jhandewalan
  • RIT Rajokari

In which areas will courses be offered at these new skill centres in Delhi?

As per the minister, these are the sectors wherein skill development courses will be offered:

  • Health and Wellness
  • IT and IT-enabled Services
  • Retail Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Accounts
  • Banking and Finance
  • Automobile
  • Electronics
  • Media and Event Management
  • Production and Manufacturing
  • Apparel
  • Food Production

More details on which centre will host which course:

  • The Institute of Basic Business Studies will be beginning admissions to courses in retail services, hospitality operations and finance executive
  • The Integrated Institute Of Technology, Dwarka will be beginning admissions for the courses of beauty and wellness consultant, computer system operator and hospitality operations
  • The Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University will be beginning admissions to courses of beauty and wellness consultant, sports fitness and yoga application and sports digitisation and performance management
  • The skill institute in Wazirpur will be beginning admissions to courses on food production and finance executive
  • The centre in Jhandewalan will offer admission on courses in retail services and food production
  • The RIT Rajokri will be offering a course to train computer system operators

When will the admission process begin in these WCSCs?

The admission process for the March 2019 batch in the six WCSCs will start soon, with the advertisement likely to be published next week.

Announcement for these skill centres made back in 2017

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had in 2017 announced setting up of 25 WCSC in Delhi, after the success of the first WCSC at ITI, Vivek Vihar, started in 2013.

25 world class skill centres coming up in two phases

The government plans to start the proposed 25 WCSC in two phases — six WCSC in Phase I and remaining 19 WCSC in Phase II.

“Under Phase I, six WCSCs are being set up with all facilities and will be launched with intake capacity of 720 in March 2019, and 720 as the second intake in the month of August 2019,” he said.

The remaining 19 WCSCs at Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Shakarpur, Aryabhatt Institute Of Technology, Ashok Vihar, Bhai Parmanand Institute, Shakarpur, ITI Narela, Netaji Subhash University of Technology, Dwarka will also be made functional by August this year. Renovation and construction work at these WCSC is currently underway.

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Gujarat To Adopt 10% Quota In Jobs For Economically Weak With One Condition



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Gujarat has decided to implement 10 % reservation in government jobs for people from economically weaker sections in the general category from January 14, 2019.
The state of Gujarat has decided to implement 10% reservation in government jobs for people from economically weaker sections in the general category from January 14, 2019, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said‏ after the new law was introduced by the centre this week. However, the decision will apply only to ongoing recruitment processes in which only advertisements have been published but the first stage of examination is yet to held.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday cleared the landmark bill passed by parliament this week which will provide 10% reservation in government jobs and college seats for people outside high income brackets.

Those who earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year and have less than five-acre land from the section of people who do not qualify any affirmative action are eligible for the quota.

Read Also: HRD To Workout Modalities To Implement 10 Per Cent Reservation Order; 10 Lakh More Seats To Be Added

Jobs are already reserved for underprivileged and disadvantaged lower castes. The criteria for economic quota will be the same as that for Other Backward Castes or OBCs.

The bill was introduced by the government amid criticism by the opposition which said the move was a pre-election gimmick amid high unemployment.

Earlier in 2016, the High Court in Gujarat rejected a state government ordinance providing members of the economically weaker sections from unreserved category 10 % reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.

The court was hearing petitions challenging the ordinance that allowed 10% reservation to candidates belonging to the unreserved category with family income cap of Rs. 6 lakh per year.

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