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Admission to self-financing colleges to be transparent: KCBC

Written by: Staff

Kochi, Jun 7 (UNI) Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) today reiterated that admission to all self-financing professional colleges under the Kerala Catholic Sabha would be transparent and on the basis of merit.

Talking to reporters here, KCBC Secretary General Varghese Chakalakkal said five per cent seats would be reserved for backward communities, upto five per cent for dalit christians and two per cent for Latin Catholics.

''Admission upto 40 per cent of seats will be given on the basis of government's merit list after taking into consideration the eligibility of students from our community and the institution concerned,'' he added.

In medical colleges, the mangements had already decided to provide free education to poor students in 25 per cent seats, Dr Varghese said.

He said admission to 40 per cent of the seats in medical and engineering colleges would be on the basis of open merit.

The council expressed anxiety over the government's decision to admit students though a 'one-window' procedure to the merit seats in higher secondary schools.

Dr Varghese said the procedure was an infringement on the parents' and students' right to choose a school of their choice for education.

On the Muringoor Divine Centre, Dr Varghese said as the matter was in Kerala High Court there was no need for the Council to interfere in the issue.

However, as the Centre was under the Ernakulam Archdiocese, Cardinal Mar Varky Vithayathil would probe into the allegations against the Centre, including sexual exploitation of women.

He said KCBC had also constituted a commission to review the functioning of the divine centres.


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