Kerala Oppn stages walkout over self-financing college issue

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 25 (UNI) The entire Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala today staged a walkout in the State Assembly alleging that government was trying to help the education lobby in the neighbouring states by creating uncertainty in the admission process of self-financing professional colleges.

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said due to the failure of the government to finalise admission formalities, students from the state were seeking admission in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other states.

''Education lobbies in other states are making crores of rupees due to this crisis,'' he added.

Pointing out that this was the third academic year after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) came to power, he said the government would initiate talks with the college managements only in the eleventh hour, thus prolonging the crisis.

Earlier, opposing the admissibility of an adjournment motion sought to be moved by Mr K C Joseph of the Congress and others, Education Minister M A Baby said there was no crisis in the sector as the admission procedures in medical colleges need to be completed only by September 30.

Mr Jospeh said the government had violated the provisions of the existing law and also the Supreme Court judgement by directly entering into an agreement with college managements.

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