Karnataka CM steps in to solve CET confusion

    BANGALORE: Chief minister Siddaramaiah convened a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss the proposed Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006. At the cabinet meeting on Thursday, ministers felt the Act has embarrassed the government as it lacks clarity.

    According to sources, some ministers felt the Act is a good step, but there is apprehension about the fate of candidates belonging to less privileged classes. The concern was expressed after Union minister M Veerappa Moily, architect of CET, opposed the Act and demanded restoration of the old CET system. They felt there was scope for private managements to misuse the mandate given to them to admit students.

    On Wednesday, medical education minister Sharana Prakash R Patil said poor and meritorious students won't be left out of the new admission system. He said the Act will ensure transparency and merit, and hinted that the government will come up with a mechanism to help poor scholars.

    With Patil and higher education minister RV Deshpande not present at the cabinet meeting, Siddaramaiah said these issues should be addressed in their presence and convened the high-level meeting on Friday.