Orissa government will soon promulgate an ordinance to regulate admission into privately-run professional educational institutions and to prohibit collection of capitation fee.A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister NaveenPatnaik in Bhubaneswar the previous night.
The government would also regulate fixation of fee structure and reservation of seats.The cabinet decided to set up two committees, a policy planning board and fee structure committee, for the purpose, Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy told after the meeting. The effort was to ensure equity and excellence in education in the state and put in place fair and transparent procedures based on the Supreme Court's past judgement in the matter.
"The policy planning board would be chaired by the state's Industries Secretary while the fee structure committee would be headed by the Vice-chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT)," he said.
The ordinance would provide for a single joint entrance examination for all private and government-run professional educational institutions.
In the earlier system, there was a joint test for admission into government-run institutions and 50 per cent seats of the privately-run colleges.
The government reservation policy was applicable to 50 per cent of the seats in privately-run institutions.