NEW DELHI, JUNE 21: In a move from which the UPA government could learn a lesson or two in finding a way out of the OBC quota quagmire, the Kerala government is coming with a legislation which seeks to combine merit and social justice for higher education admission.
While the legislation will provide upto 50% reservation including 25% for OBCs in admission to professional colleges, it will however, make it mandatory that students cannot gain entry unless they qualify through a government examination.
The Kerala Professional Colleges Bill includes prohibition of capitation fee, regulation of admission, fixation of fee and other measuresand will be presented in the state assembly on Thursday.
“We will ensure enough freeships and scholarships are provided to needy students,” MA Baby, Kerala education minister said.
• The Bill proposes 50% reservation for admission in engineering and medical self financing colleges
The Bill, a copy of which is with FE, proposes 50% reservation for admission in engineering and medical self financing colleges including 10% for SCs/STs, 25% for OBCs and 3% for handicapped. Poor students from upper castes can be considered for the rest 12%. But only those students who have appeared for the state entrance examination and found a place in the merit list would be eligible.
“In the other 50% of the seats, 35% is for the general category and 15% for NRIs. The management can impose a higher fee than the government fee in the seats belonging to NRI quota. This amount can be utilised to help the poor and needy students,” a source within the government told FE.
The Bill structure is reportedly on the basis of the 93 rd amendment.