Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF members today staged a walkout from Kerala Assembly in protest against denial of an adjournment motion alleging that bungling of the government, on the self-financing medical and dental college admission process, had set a ground for the colleges to indulge in ‘lucrative business.’
Seeking the leave of the House to move the adjournment motion in this regard, VS Sivakumar of Congress alleged that the failure of Health Minister K.K. Shylaja created confusion in the medical college admissions.
The government lost an opportunity to control the private managements after the Supreme Court direction to admit students based on NEET merit list.
In her reply, Shylaja said the admission process will be completed smoothly by the end of this month on the basis of the provisional fee fixed by the Justice Rajendra Babu panel. She denied the Opposition charges that utter confusion prevailing in the admission process.
Criticizing the new fee structure, Sivakumar said poor and meritorious students could study for Rs 25,000 annual fees, during the tenure of the previous Congress-led government in the State.
“This was made possible by the managements giving cross subsidy from the higher fees collected from other students,” he added.
However, the Minister assured that the government will do the spot admissions to all the vacant seats and will not allow the managements to collect capitation fees by filling up such seats.
The government cannot interfere with the fee fixation panel, which has provisionally prescribed a fee of Rs 5 lakh annually for MBBS courses.
Meanwhile, the Opposition members alleged that the students, who have scored high ranks in the NEET exams were forced to pay higher fees.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that vacant seats will be sold off by the managements through spot admissions after the scheduled allotment.
He also raised lapses from the government in fixing the fees by the panel.
Following the Minister’s reply, Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan denied permission to move the motion leading to the walkout by the UDF members.