Pvt Colleges, TN govt stand-off resolved: Minister

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Chennai, Jun 23 (UNI) The stand-off between the Tamil Nadu Government and self-financing professional colleges over allotment of seats for government quota has been resolved amicably as the private colleges have agreed to part 65 per cent of seats for government quota.

Disclosing this, Minister for Higher Education K Ponmudi said following Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's appeal, self-financing colleges have agreed to part 65 per cent of seats for government quota and 50 per cent in case of minority institutions.

This was finalised in the talks between Higher Education Secretary and Consortium of Self-Financing Colleges, headed by its President Jeppiaar, Mr Ponmudi said adding he would sign a formal agreement on this on June 26.

Reacting to Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader S Ramadoss's remarks that confusion prevailed over the government quota in private engineering colleges, Mr Ponmudi said the issue has been sorted out amicably and there was no confusion.

He said after Dr Ramadoss opposed the fee structure announced by the Justice Balasubramaniam Commission, constituted by the government, Mr Jeppiaar took a stand that self-financing colleges would not part any quota for government and fill up 100 per cent seats on their own as per the Supreme Court order.

He had also urged the government to enhance the fee fixed for government quota.

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