Marking a major step in the educational sector, the Kerala assembly on Friday unanimously passed a legislation seeking to regulate admissions, fee structures and minority status of self-financing professional colleges.
The Bill, piloted by Education Minister MA Baby, was passed by the House in an extended sitting that ended in the wee hours on Friday, with the Congress-led opposition UDF backing it after attacking the LDF government at various stages of the progress of the legislation.
The legislation envisages 50 per cent of seats in self-financing institutions for various reserved categories, including Scheduled Castes and Tribes, Backward Classes, economically weaker among forward communities and physically challenged.
Of the remaining 50 per cent seats, the managements would get 15 per cent as privilege seats and 15 per cent as NRI seats.
The general merit seats had been pegged at 18 per cent and two per cent for students with excellent record in arts and sports.
The Kerala Professional Colleges (prohibition of capitation fee, regulation of admission, fixation of non-exploitative fee and other measures to ensure equity and excellence in professional education) Bill 2006, also lays down norms to determine the minority status of institutions.