Bengaluru: The state of Karnataka is gaining a strong foothold in the medical arena of admissions with a possibility of 30% reservation being given to students who enjoy domicile status. This would be in addition to the government quota seats that are already being granted by unaided and minority institutions.
The 30% reservation has been made mandatory under the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Amendment Bill, 2017, tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday
Sharan Prakash Patil , Medical Education Minister said that all medical institutions that come under deemed, private and unaided categories are mandated to provide 30 % reservation to the students of the state.
The Bill also states that if a Common Entrance Test(CET), is conducted by the union government or any of its agencies , the candidate ranking would be based on the test.
The bill further states, such a mechanism would help in the filling up of seats through the CET Committee or union government or its agencies, in deemed universities also.
The introduction of the bill comes in the light of the coming in of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET), for Medical and dental admissions.
The Bill also introduces a provision. that if private educational institutions agree to a consensual agreement with the government, then the conduct of CET shall be in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
The bill also makes provisions for framing of rules by the state government for conducting centralized counselling by it or by such agency, in the manner prescribed.
The Bill, according to the Minister for Higher Education, Basavaraj Rayaraddi, will help get 5% more seats for minority institutions and far more Karnataka students, reports the Hindu.