These are some of the older interesting anouncements/new articles that may be worth your attention.
JULY, 2013 CET Fee deadline approaches.(14-07-2013) JUNE, 2012 CET 2012 results and COMEDK 2012 results announced.(08-06-2012) APRIL, 2012 10% hike in medical, engineering and dental fees.(01-04-2012) JANUARY, 2012 CET 2012 to be held on 3rd and 4th May 2012.(01-24-2012) DECEMBER, 2011 COMEDK 2012 to be held on 6th May 2012.(12-01-2011) JUNE, 2011 Government quota engineering fees fixed at Rs.30,000 to 35,000.(08-06-2011) MAY, 2011 CET 2011 results announced.(30-05-2011) APRIL, 2011 No consensus on engineering college fees yet.(28-04-2011) FEBRUARY, 2011 Karnataka CET 2011 to be held on 27th and 28th April 2011.(12-02-2011) Karnataka COMEDK 2011 to be held on 8th May 2011.(11-02-2011) Karnataka CET 2011 seat matrix and fee structure to be finalised in 15 days.(03-02-2011) JANUARY, 2011 CET Karnataka online application proposal may be canceled.(31-01-2011) NOVEMBER, 2010 CET Karnataka 2011 application may be online.(09-11-2010) OCTOBER, 2010 Karnataka government welcomes single exam for MBBS.(25-10-2010) SEPTEMBER, 2010 14,000 engineering seats vacant.(20-09-2010) JUNE, 2010 CET Karnataka 2010 Counselling Postponed.(18-06-2010) MAY, 2010 Karnataka CET 2010 Ranks out today.(22-05-2010) Karnataka CET 2010 Ranks out soon.(20-05-2010) 66,408 students appear for COMEDK 2010.(09-05-2010) APRIL, 2010 Karnataka medical and dental college seat sharing decided.(02-04-2010) MARCH, 2010 CET application delayed. Candidates have upto March 26 to submit.(10-03-2010) FEBRUARY, 2010 Engineering college fee increased by Rs.5000.(20-02-2010) DECEMBER, 2009 CET 2010 may allow non-Karnataka candidates.(17-12-2009) Government and private college discussions inconclusive.(12-12-2009) NOVEMBER, 2009 CET 2010 Dates announced.(23-11-2009) MAY, 2009 CET Results to be declared today.(25-05-2009) 1.2 lakh students to appear for CET 2009.(05-05-2009) APRIL, 2009 Supreme Court approves Karnataka's seat sharing formula.(16-04-2009) FEBRUARY, 2009 Karnataka government to try and combine CET and COMEDK next year.(13-02-2009) COMEDK 2009 re-scheduled to 17th May 2009.(01-02-2009) JANUARY, 2009 CET to fill 50% engineering seats and 42% medical seats.(13-01-2009) NOVEMBER, 2008 CET 2009 might be a two day affair(21-11-2008) JULY, 2008 No more state quota in NITs (previously RECs)(15-07-2008) JUNE, 2008 CET counselling to begin from June 2(02-06-2008) MAY, 2008 CET 2008 results announced(24-05-2008) CET 2008 results to be delayed (11-05-2008) COMEDK 2008 Answer Keys (06-05-2008) APRIL, 2008 CET 2008 completed smoothly. Click to find answer key (20-04-2008) More transparency in seat selection through CET this year (13-04-2008) MARCH, 2008 COMEDK 2008 application available (05-03-2008) FEBRUARY, 2008 COMEDK 2008 application forms by first week of March. (11-02-2008) JANUARY, 2008 Seat sharing and fee in 2008 to remain same as 2007. (01-01-2008) DECEMBER, 2007 COMEDK 2008 on May 4. (11-12-2007) CET 2008 on April 19. (03-12-2007) AUGUST, 2007 CET to have video conferenced counselling next year. (23-08-2007) JULY, 2007 COMEDK students can opt for govt seats. COMEDK to deduct 10% of fee. (24-07-2007) CET 2007 Casual Vacancy Round Update. (05-07-2007) JUNE, 2007 COMEDK 2007 Results announced. (03-06-2007) MAY, 2007 CET Results announced. (26-05-2007) No rescheduling of CET Counselling. (23-05-2007) COMED-K Test scores out. (22-05-2007) 67,012 to appear for COMEDK. Answers to papers available soon after. (06-05-2007) Print duplicate Admission Tickets for CET 2007 (01-05-2007) MARCH, 2007 COMEDK Online Applications available (10-03-2007) FEBRUARY, 2007 Medical Seats Ratio 40:60, Dental Ratio 35:65 (Pvt Colleges: Govt) (09-02-2007) Engineering Seats to be split 55:45 (04-02-2007) JANUARY, 2007 ComedK entrance test on May 6. Government still hoping for common Karnataka CET (25-01-2007) Private colleges to conduct separate entrance test. (18-01-2007) CET-2007 proposed to be on 9th May, 2007. (18-01-2007) DECEMBER, 2006 Quota for non-Karnataka students re-introduced. (15-12-2006) NOVEMBER, 2006 CET to streamline admissison process from 2007 (28-11-2006) CET Cell to conduct tests for software companies now? (03-11-2006) OCTOBER, 2006 Karnataka proposes common CET from next year. (27-10-2006) SEPTEMBER, 2006 Casual vacancy round for engineering seats. (01-09-2006) AUGUST, 2006 CET Cell to be replaced by Karnataka Entrance Examination Authority (KEEA). (09-08-2006) Karnataka to provide fee subsidy. (02-08-2006) JULY, 2006 Fees might be slashed. (16-07-2006) MAY, 2006 COMED-K test held in 113 centres. (29-05-2006) Fees fixed for unaided private medical and dental colleges. (28-05-2006) Not many take architecture aptitude test. (12-05-2006) Outside Kannadigas write CET. (11-05-2006) ABVP stages protest over CET issue. (10-05-2006) Students appear for CET 2006. (10-05-2006) APRIL, 2006 COMED-K UGET on May 28. Forms available from 28-04-2006(Friday). (27-04-2006) COMED-K UGET Notification expected to be out soon. Exam dates might change. (25-04-2006) Two colleges leave COMED-K. (25-04-2006) CET cell sends admission tickets (25-04-2006) ABVP to launch public movement against education bill (21-04-2006) COMEDK entrance test on May 21 (10-04-2006) Karnataka moves closer to law on private CET (05-04-2006) MARCH, 2006 CET 2006 will have bar coded answer sheets. (20-03-2006) CET 2006 to be held from May 9 to May 12. (01-03-2006) Survey points that most students go by fee structure while selecting seats . (01-03-2006) JANUARY, 2006 No solution to CET-2006 problem yet. (13-01-2006) DECEMBER, 2005 Warning against "All India Medical and Engineering Colleges Association." (16-12-2005) Constituion to be amended to restore reservations (11-12-2005) NOVEMBER, 2005 Call to end CET Admissions and Fees problems early (23-11-2005) Forum urges Karnataka government not to change CET system. (13-11-2005) OCTOBER, 2005 CET 2006 marks may be sole criteria for dental and medical admissions. (21-10-2005) AUGUST, 2005 Karnataka government to try to restrict the free hand given to private colleges. (26-8-2005) All private colleges can fill seats independently from next year (13-8-2005) 390 Students to be denied MBBS Admissions. (04-8-2005) JULY, 2005 CET 2005 Latest Counseling Schedules. (21-7-2005) CET medical counselling today. (20-7-2005) Medical students to be sent back by RGUHS. (15-7-2005) JUNE, 2005 CET Counseling put off indefinitely. (15-6-2005) Final Split : 50:50 Ratio for Medical/Dental, 65:35 for Engineering. (10-6-2005) MAY, 2005 CET 2005 Results out. (31-5-2005) Proposal to increase MBBS intake. (25-5-2005) Supreme Court Clarification not clear. (19-5-2005) CET 2005 Solutions Out. (14-5-2005) APRIL, 2005 New Medical, Dental, Nursing Colleges this year. CET will be held on time. (21-4-2005) COMEDK 2005 Application Details. Last date : 23 April, 2005 (5-4-2005) MARCH, 2005 Non-Karnataka students can appear for COMED-K to be held on May 1, 2005 (24-3-2005) Complete information on CET-2005. CET Brochure in HTML Form (5-3-2005) FEBRUARY, 2005 Application form for CET-2005 and Exam Timetable. (26-2-2005) CET-2005 on May 3,4. For Karnataka students only. (19-2-2005) JANUARY, 2005 A solution to the 15,000 empty seats. (31-1-2005) CET discussions start early this year. No consensus though. (29-1-2005) CET fraud probe against 90 students quashed (8-1-2005) NOVEMBER, 2004 Longer classroom hours (14-11-2004) OCTOBER, 2004 Three more dental colleges likely to be set up in Karnataka (13-10-2004) Discounted engineering seats. (13-10-2004) Private colleges finally agree to admit students. (01-10-2004) SEPTEMBER, 2004 Many colleges refuse to admit CET students. Scandal in admissions. (25-09-2004) CET Counseling starts peacefully. However, COMED raises some issues. (12-09-2004) Latest Counseling Schedule for CET-2004 (10-9-2004) Counseling from Sep 10. Non-Karnataka counseling on Oct 20, 21(8-9-2004) 60:40 split for medical/dental. SC okays seat-sharing. Counseling likely from Sep 10(3-9-2004) AUGUST, 2004 Out of court settlement reached. Non Karnataka students will have seats too(29-8-2004) SC postpones CET Case to Sept 3.(28-8-2004) Final Decision to be worked out on Aug 28.(27-8-2004) Management Quota Seats struck down in some colleges.(17-8-2004) Government to contest SC. Minority Colleges to Hold Test.(13-8-2004) Seats for non-Karnataka students also.(9-8-2004) New CET Counseling from 7 Aug on 75:25 formula.(5-8-2004) Supreme Court declares 50:50 Ratio. CET Counseling cancelled.(18-7-2004) No schedule for non-Karnataka student's CET Counseling yet.(12-7-2004) CET / COMED issues still not sorted out.(3-6-2004) Dental colleges deny seats despite HC order.(2-6-2004) COMED and the story so far.(21-4-2004) CET 2004 postponed to May 18 and May 19 due to elections.(6-3-2004) Engg Colleges agree for their share of seats to be filled by Govt CET. Non-Karnataka students also to get seats.(21-2-2004) CET 2004: COMED wants 70 pc seats(1-1-2004) Govt nod for three new engg colleges (3-12-2003) Vacant Engineering seats (15-10-2003) 2 committees made to regulate admissions for next year ! (15-10-2003) Casual Vacancy Round Starts - 170 medical seats on offer (24-9-2003) CET students to report on Sept 10 (8-9-2003) Colleges accept 75:25 formula. Previous counseling to hold including non-Karnataka students(24-8-2003) Glimmer of hope for CET Students.(23-8-2003) Quota for non-Karnataka students removed.(19-8-2003) Seat sharing will be 50:50. Seats through CET will reduce drastically.(17-8-2003) CET Seat Selection Put off after Supreme Court Order.(15-8-2003) Govt announces seat matrix for 38,255 engg seats and fee structure.(8-7-2003) CET Biology Paper Rectified. New Rank List Announced.(2-7-2003) Government asks students not to go through COMEDK. No delay in CET Counselling (18-6-2003) Pvt College Mgmts Consortium has other plans. (14-6-2003) Fee Structure finalised. (13-6-2003) Private Dental Mgmts Want Govt to Share Fee Burden(11-6-2003) Final Fee Structure to be finalised soon(25-5-2003) Centre's decision - 25% seats through CET(16-5-2003) Draft rules for professional courses notified; Colleges to file objection(29-4-2003) Group of private colleges decide to rebel - To skip CET(25-4-2003) Government gives strong reply - 75% seats through CET(23-4-2003) College Managements to go ahead with admissions if no agreement reached(20-4-2003) Talks on CET quota for medical/dental colleges fail(18-4-2003) Engg College Deadlock Ends - 50% seats through CET(6-4-2003) Decision on CET Put Off Again.(2-4-2003) Decision on CET Seat Sharing on April 1(30-3-2003) Fee Structre and Seat Sharing to be decided soon(15-3-2003) Complete details about applying to CET-2003(1-3-2003) College managements not agreeing for 50% seats(1-2-2003) Govt of Karnataka seeks 50 % admission quota.(24-1-2003) Govt must regulate admissions: panel.(9-1-2003) CET - 2003 will be held.(1-1-2003) Panel to study potential of new engg colleges(1-1-2003) Are you preparing the right way? - Article(20-12-2002) Colleges under CET Cell may be drastically reduced.(23-11-2002) More professional colleges likely.(18-10-2002) VTU Results of all Semesters.(21-9-2002) 250 more medical seats for CET Seat selection.(14-9-2002) More BE Seats for Semester Diploma Holders.(6-9-2002) Casual Vacancy Round made flexible from this year.(11-8-2002) Karnataka candidates medical/dental admission round postponed. No change for non-Karnataka candidates(11-8-2002) CET Cell indefinitely postpones counselling for engg diploma students.(11-8-2002) VTU all set to introduce English in first sem, as KDA pines for Kannada course !(23-7-2002) Latest Seat Matrix -- Remaining Seats(9-7-2002) General Merit Seats available as on 01/07/2002, at 18:16:18 (1-7-2002) VTU to introduce BE in biotechnology from 2002-03 (18-6-2002) CET selection process from today (18-6-2002) 7 new engg colleges + 1 medical college approved - 35,953 engg seats this year (13-6-2002) CET - 2002 Results are out. (29-5-2002) CET Results to be out before June 1(26-5-2002) Exclusive report on VTU Educational Fair - 2002(13-5-2002) VTU Fair extended. Kannada language test advanced to May 10 (10-5-2002) KSTDC set for an encore. (5-5-2002) CET will lend you a ear day or night.(5-5-2002) And finally, finally VTU Fifth Sem Results out.(22-4-2002) VTU Third Sem Results out.(15-4-2002) CET Hall Ticket to have exam venue route. Despatch started.(12-4-2002) VTU to help CET aspirants make ‘right’ choice - 4 day VTU Education Fair.(12-4-2002) VTU First Sem Results out.(6-4-2002) Islamiah Institute of Technology disaffiliated(2-4-2002) Medical, engineering intake up; dental seats cut(9-2-2002) CET 2002 Notification (20-1-2002) (Pdf document of notification here.) CET Panel to streamline admission(9-1-2002) VTU rules out postponement of engg examinations(9-1-2002) Final timetable for CET (9-10 May).(5-1-2002) Latest dates for engg and medical exams.(28-12-2001) 4,000 engg seats for management quota.(28-10-2001) 4th Sem results out finally (Bangalore colleges).(5-10-2001) Special drive to allot 3,649 more engg seats(26-09-2001) VTU Results dates.(25-09-2001) 4 more engg colleges approved for 2001-02.(28-08-2001) 8 new engg colleges with IT courses for 2002-03.(25-08-2001) Medical-Dental Cut-Off ranks.(23-07-2001) New Colleges approved by AICTE.(10-07-2001) CET Counselling - Medical seats exhausted.(10-07-2001) CET results announced (14-06-2001) - Sites and statistics. CET results on June 14(8-06-2001) CET off to a smooth start(17-05-2001) I/III Sem results announced(29-04-2001) Admit Card and notice to non-Karnataka students(11-04-2001) Last date extended-application submission(21-02-2001) Complete calender of events for CET 2001(01-02-2001) Quota for Kannada medium students in CET(25-01-2001) Latest CET news. (10-01-2001) State okays 36 more engineering colleges. (29-12-2000) CET-2001 on May 16 and 17 : Final Time Table Announced. (14-12-2000) II and III sem engg results announced. (21-10-2000) Last 2 days of CET - 2000 seat selection process. (21-10-2000) First Year Engineering Classes to start from Oct 12. (21-10-2000) Cet reschedules engg round. (23-9-2000) First Year Engineering Classes likely to start from Oct 15. (14-9-2000) Two More Engineering Colleges. (14-9-2000) New seat matrix for IT seats. (28-8-2000) NRI to set up Engineering college in Karnataka. (4-7-2000) With 3 new colleges, engg seats will increase by 700. (11-6-2000) Top 10 'bad Engineering' Colleges - ABVP Warning. (8-7-2000) Engineering College Fees likely to be hiked this year. (7-12-1999) 2 Medical Colleges and 13 Dental Colleges not in the provisional Seat Matrix. (19-05-2000)
Professional college seat aspirants may have to take separate entrance tests for government and management quota seats this year too.
Hours after the Government announced the date for its Common Entrance Test (CET), private college managements announced that they would conduct a separate entrance test. The test, that will be conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K), is likely to be held in May. But the exact dates will be announced later, according to COMED-K officials.
The managements have rejected the single-day CET as a "unilateral decision" of the State Government. For the colleges, the announcement was a bitter pill after the Government went ahead with its order on the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). Their main grouse was that the KEA lacked autonomy, and was not an independent agency. A single test could have avoided the need for a separate selection process.
The CET-2007 has been proposed to be held on May 9, 2007. The Notification of the entrance test is expected to be out on January 28.
One of the notable differences this year seems to be a combined physics and chemistry test, and all the primary exams scheduled on one day. Also the CET Cell has decided to make left hand thumb impression on application forms as well as OMR sheets compulsory for candidates taking the CET to avoid impersonation.
Visit CET-2007 HomePage for more details.
The Karnataka government has decided to re-introduce 10% quota for non-Karnataka students in engineering, medical and dental courses from next year. However, unlike previous years, the students will be exempted from taking the Common Entrance Test (CET) to be conducted by the proposed Karnataka Examination Authority (now called the CET Cell).
Instead, they will be admitted on the basis of their scores in the all-India entrance exams like the All-India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) and All-India Pre-Medical/Dental Exam (AIPMT).
"Non-state students need not come all the way to Bangalore for the test. They just have to register with the exam authority by paying a fee and furnishing their AIEEE or AIPMT scores. The intention is to reduce the number of entrance exams,"higher education principal secretary Kaushik Mukherjee said.
The CET Cell scrapped the 10% quota in 2004 as it was eating into the government quota seats. As per the new provisions, non-state students will be eligible only for higher fee seats in both government and private institutes. The last 2 years, non-Karnataka students were eligible for admission only through Comed-K exam.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell is all set to streamline the admission process in 2007 by cutting down on the counselling time.
The Karnataka government plans to do this by making 2 changes.
CET Cell is also set to get a new name - Karnataka Examination Authority.
If the Karanataka Government has its way, the CET Cell would be soon conducting entrance tests for not only the entrace into engineering/medical/dental colleges but also for private agencies, software companies and banks.
The government thinks that the expertise of the CET Cell, could be used to help private firms, educational institutions and other agencies to recruit the right talent. Also there is a proposal to use the infrastructure and technological expertise of the CET Cell for evaluating answer papers of all the universities in Karnataka.
The government's idea of utilizing the CET Cell for other purposes may not be a bad idea, but it should first sort out the issue of entrance examinations into professional colleges, the original purpose the CET Cell was setup. If the government is able to combine the CET and the COMED examinations to one, it would save a lot of hassle and confusion for both students and parents.
The Karnataka Government is considering to conduct a common examination for the Government, aided and private colleges next year with a view to save students from the hardship of facing two entrance tests for seeking admission to professional courses.
The Government would hold parleys early next month with private college managements, which conduct a separate Common Entrance Test (CET) under its banner Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K).
The students have to attend the CET conducted by the State for admission to the Government and aided colleges and also that of the COMED-K, which has more professional colleges under its umbrella.
The Government intends to decentralise CET examination by holding it at divisional and district headquarters, Murthy said, adding the existing period of three months involved in conducting the test will be reduced to 45 days.
At least 8,000 engineering seats have remained vacant this year.
The engineering casual vacancy round seat selection for the wards of migrants from Jammu and Kashmir ended on Wednesday.
The engineering casual vacancy round for the candidates belonging to various reserved and special categories will be held from Thursday (August 31) to September 9.
A press release from the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell said that as per the modified schedule that was notified on August 21 by the Cell, candidates belonging to Category 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, rural, Kannada medium including General Merit Rural (GMR) and General Merit Karnataka (GMK) categories and those belonging to special categories such as Defence, Ex-Defence, Scouts and Guides, Anglo-Indian, National Cadet Corps (NCC) and sports may attend the casual vacancy round seat selection process to be held from Thursday. The seats pertaining to general merit category will be offered only in the general casual vacancy round process scheduled to be held from September 12 to 30.
On Thursday, the casual vacancy round seat selection would be held for eligible engineering rank holders from 1 to 7,000.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell, the most-thronged address for candidates seeking admission to professional colleges in the state, will be disbanded from next year.
In its place, Karnataka Entrance Examination Authority (KEEA) will be set up. Unlike the CET Cell, the proposed Authority will conduct entrance exams for all courses polytechnic, MBA/MCA, nursing, and other postgraduate medical/dental courses conducted by RGUHS.
Even other universities, agencies and government departments can outsource the entrance exams and seat-selection process to the Authority.
The existing CET Cell conducts seat-selection process only for undergraduate medical/dental/engineering courses and lateral entry scheme for diploma holders.
The Karnataka cabinet today decided to provide subsidy in fee for students who had obtained seats in professional colleges through Common Entrance Test Cell for this year, reversing its earlier decision.
The cabinet decided to provide a subsidy of Rs 90,000 for medical students, Rs 80,000 for dental students and Rs 25,000 for engineering students admitted to higher fee category, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Basavaraj Horatti told reporters here.
The decision would cost Rs 24 crore on the state exchequer, he said but added it would be applicable for this year's batch till they complete the course.
He said 300 medical seats, 220 dental seats and 8008 engineering seats would be covered under the subsidy.
The Karnataka government is considering reducing the fees in payment category for medical, dental and engineering courses from this academic year.
The government proposed to reduce the engineering fees from Rs 85,000 to Rs 60,000 or Rs 65,000. The proposed fee reduction for seats in government and aided engineering colleges is from Rs 15,000 to Rs 8,650. Similarly, the fees for MBBS courses will be reduced from Rs 2.9 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, while dental fees will be cut from Rs 2.3 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh.
A decision on fee cut will be taken by the cabinet sub-committee on CET, which will meet on Monday and place its proposal before the finance department. With the seat-selection process by the CET cell under way, the government proposes to continue collecting the old fees and refund it to students at the end of the counselling session.
The Under-Graduate Entrance Test (UGET-2006) conducted by the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) was held on Sunday in 70 centres in Bangalore and in 43 centres in 13 other cities in Karnataka.
Admission tickets were issued to 69,179 candidates and 15,310 appeared for test in physics/chemistry/biology combination, 39,223 for physics/chemistry/mathematics and 14,646 for PCMB. There were 29,956 aspirants for MBBS/BDS seats and 53,869 for engineering courses.
In Bangalore, 87 per cent attendance was reported for the morning session wherein students wrote the combined physics and chemistry paper, while 87 per cent students attended the biology session and 90 per cent wrote the mathematics test. The attendance in other cities was around 85 per cent.
The Fee Fixation Committee, headed by former High Court judge Rangavittalachar, has fixed the fees for the academic year 2006-07 for unaided private medical and dental colleges in the State.
The committee, sources said, had fixed the fees for 24 medical colleges and 39 dental colleges. It had also fixed the fees for postgraduate courses in medicine (14 colleges) and dentistry (18 colleges) for 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. The fee structure has been published and gazetted and it has been displayed on the premises of the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell at Malleswaram in Bangalore. A copy of the notification fixing the fee structure has been sent to all private unaided professional colleges. The fees will shortly be put on the website of the CET also.
The sources said it was mandatory for the colleges to charge only the fee that had been fixed by the committee. Under no circumstances could any college charge higher fees. The fee would remain the same for students admitted either through the CET conducted by the CET Cell or the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka.
Highest fee: (Rs. 1.88 lakh) M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
Lowest fee: (Rs. 1.13 lakh) Nijalingappa Medical College, Bagalkot, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, and Navodaya Medical College, Raichur
Highest fee: (Rs. 1.35 lakh) KLS's Institute of Dental Sciences, Bangalore
Lowest fee: (Rs. 55,000) HKE's Nijalingapa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Gulbarga, and Sri Hasanamba Dental College, Hassan
Less than 10,000 students in Karnataka and around 5,000 students in Bangalore were part of the aptitude test for architecture course on Friday.
In the last of the CET series this year, the test was held from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (Part I) and from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Part II). In most centres in Bangalore, girls outnumbered boys. While 5,612 attended Part I, 5,398 attended Part II of the test in Bangalore centres.
According to CET administrative officer Syed Jamal, out of the 88,000 students who appeared for the engineering test, 30,000 had shown interest in the aptitude test. Of this less than 10,000 appeared, vying for the 30 architecture seats in the state.
The rank list for architecture course will be published only in respect of candidates who secure 50 per cent of marks taken together in all subjects in the qualifying examination and 40 per cent of marks taken together in both part I & II of the aptitude test. There will be no negative evaluation in respect of wrong and multiple answers in the aptitude test.
A total of 918 candidates took the Kannada language test conducted as part of the CET at the CET Cell in Malleswaram on Thursday. These candidates, with Kannada, Tulu, or Kodava as their mother tongue, appeared for the test to secure seats in professional colleges under the Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga clauses.
The test was to ascertain the ability of the candidates to speak, read, and write Kannada. The candidates produced the relevant documents of their parents in support of their claim, marks cards, and study certificates. The CET will conclude with an aptitude test for architecture seat aspirants on Friday.
The ABVP activists urged the State government to introduce an education policy in the interest of the State even if it means going against the Supreme Court verdict on CET.The ABVP held a protest on Wednesday demanding the reintroduction of government-run CET as the only criteria for admission to professional courses.
The ABVP has demanded the cancellation of entrance examinations of Comed-K and educational institutions run by minorities. These examinations are turning into platforms by the Comed-K colleges and education institutions run by minorities for bargaining donation and capitation fees, the student organisation leader N Ravi Kumar alleged.
The ABVP activists also urged the State government to introduce an education policy in the interest of the State even if it means going against the Supreme Court verdict on CET. “Of the 88,765 students appearing for CET, only 10,000 students have appeared for Comed-K entrance test. This clearly indicates that the other CET is not trusted by a majority of the students and parents,” added Ravi Kumar.
Moreover, several Comed-K colleges, last year, had allegedly admitted 804 more students who had never appeared for any entrance examinations.There were also reports of rankings being rigged to the tune of 100 seats by some colleges, which is alarming as meritorious students are affected, said activist Devaraj.
Source: Deccan Herald
98 per cent of the candidates who had applied for CET appeared for the examination through out the state today as compared to an overall 80 per cent on Tuesday, as CET Karnataka 2006 concluded today.
Unlike in previous years, the conclusion of the CET is no relief to students. They will now have to prepare themselves to face the Comed-k entrance test. CET Cell will publish the key answers on May 22. Candidates and their parents can file objections, addressed to the Special Officer, CET Cell, Bangalore on or before May 26 either in person or through ‘speed post’ only with regard to any of the published key answers, along with all supporting documents and justification. The objections received will be placed before an expert committee, for determination of the right key answers.
The results are expected to be announced on June 3 and the seat selection process has been scheduled from June 14.
For complete details on COMED-K UGET 2006, go to COMEDK 2006 Home Page
The Undergraduate Entrance Test (UGET) of COMED-K is likely to be conducted across 12 cities in the State in the last week of May. The consortium had earlier proposed to hold the test on May 20 and 21. To beat the delay, Comed-K is planning online application for the UGET this year.
A formal notification is likely to be released soon.
This year, with the Supreme Court ruling that private college admissions would be entirely based on the entrance test conducted by the managements, the consortium was expected to receive 50,000 to 60,000 applications. Last year, about 24,000 candidates appeared for the UGET.
The KLE Society's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and its dental college in Belgaum have pulled out of the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) and opted to conduct counselling for postgraduate courses on their own. The two colleges have been granted deemed university status.
Two other institutions of the society, which were not granted deemed university status, its Bangalore-based dental college and engineering college in Belgaum, will remain with COMED-K. But the two colleges that left the consortium will use the COMED-K ranking for their seat selection process.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell has commenced the process for dispatching CET-2006 admission tickets and the same is expected to reach all applicants by April 28. Karnataka candidates who have applied through schools and colleges can collect their admission tickets from the principals of their respective schools and colleges on or before April 28.
The admission tickets for Karnataka candidates residing outside Karnataka have been dispatched by post individually to their home addresses as furnished in their application forms.
As many as 88,721 candidates have applied for the CET, scheduled to be held on May 9 and 10 at 186 examination centres spread over the state. As many as 26,064 candidates are appearing in 49 examination centres in Bangalore and 62,657 candidates will be appearing in 137 centres located outside Bangalore. As many as 30,259 candidates have applied for the aptitude test for admission to architecture courses to be held on May 12 at 40 examination centres.
The candidates who do not receive CET-2006 admission tickets on or before April 30 are informed to contact the CET Cell Office, 18th Cross, Sampige Road, Malleswaram, with application number either in person or call 080-23319082 / 23564583 or fax- 080-23319083.
The Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will launch a public movement against the Karnataka Professional Education Institutions Bill-2006 on April 30 at Davanagere, as it will be the death knell for poor meritorious students, said Prabhudev Kappagal, state ABVP secretary. Prabhudev said the Bill if implemented will dash the hopes of higher education for poor students.
Although there was ample opportunity for the State government to set up a single window system of central CET for professional courses in the State as per the Supreme Court order, giving permission for private professional colleges to conduct their own CET exams was a foolish point included in the present Bill. Thereby nearly 85 per cent seats will be under the control of private colleges.
As per the new Bill, the Government will conduct CET exams for 4,823 seats which include 4,334 engineering, 450 medical and 50 dental seats available in government and aided institutions. This will help private colleges to fill up 45,000 seats, depriving poor students, he feared.
As there will be no transparency in the private CET exams, only students with money can afford it. Conducting two CET exams was a clear violation of the Supreme Court order, he added.
The Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) will conduct its undergraduate entrance test (UGET) on May 21 for admission to medical, engineering and dental courses in private colleges attached to it.
The combined test for physics and chemistry is scheduled for the morning session of May 21. The biology test will be conducted from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the mathematics test from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on May 21.
Earlier it was announced that the Aptitude Test I and II (combined paper) for B. Arch course will be held in the morning session (10 a.m. to noon) on May 20. However COMED-K member institutions have decided to make admission based on the National Aptitude Test in Architecture conducted by NIASA. Therefore COMED-K will not conduct the test in Architecture
The Council of Architecture (Incorporated under the Architects Act, 1972) has issued a notification as follows-
National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), Academic Unit of Council of Architecture, will conduct the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. This test is mandatory for admission to first year of B-Arch course offered by all Unaided Institutes and participating Aided Institutes, imparting architectural education in India.
The test will be offered at Designated Test Centers located in Colleges of Architecture on all working days starting 1st May 2006.
Registration for the test will begin on 17th April 2006. For registration and other details please see the information on Website: www.niasa.org OR www.niasa.in OR www.nata.in OR contact the nearest college of Architecture.
The Karnataka assembly has passed a Bill permitting all admissions to private unaided professional colleges through an entrance test conducted by their association. However the council still has to debate the Bill. With the passage of the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation) Bill, 2006, the government CET is limited to four medical colleges (450 seats), 12 engineering colleges (4,369) and one dental college (60) that are government-owned/aided.
Admission to the remaining 3,145 medical, 2,540 dental and 40,314 engineering seats will be only through the private exam.
The Bill has been brought following the 93rd amendment permitting reservation for SC/STs and backward classes in private colleges. In both government and private institutions, 50% seats are reserved for SC/ST/BC students. In private colleges, 15 of the remaining 50% can be allotted to NRI students, while 35% is general merit. For unaided minority institutions, it specifies a minimum of 66% seats for their communities.
To improve the security system and make the entire exercise tamper-proof, the Common Entrance Test (CET) will have bar coded `OMR' answer sheets this year. It will, however, be limited to the seats in government, university and aided professional colleges, and seats in those private colleges that voluntarily offer seats.
The last date for submitting the CET application forms is March 28. The rank list will be published separately for different courses.
Admissions to engineering seats will be on the basis of a student's performance in CET and the PUC exams, the minimum marks for which will be 45 per cent.
On the other hand, only CET marks will be considered for admissions in private medical and dental colleges in keeping with the guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to undergraduate professional courses in government, university and aided courses in private aided colleges will be conducted from May 9 to 12. The examination schedule was notified here on Tuesday by the CET Cell.
The Cell has, however, clarified that if a consensus is not arrived at with the private college managements, the CET format will not be applicable to seats in unaided minority and non-minority colleges.
The last date for submission of the DD to the principals of schools and colleges for application forms within Karnataka is March 16. For candidates residing outside the State, the last date to submit the DDs by Speed Post to the CET Cell is March 18.
To know more details about CET-2006, click on the CET 2006 Web Page.
Final year B.Sc. students of the Bangalore-based Mount Carmel College, on the strength of a survey of 500 respondents from six Bangalore colleges titled "A study on the effect of fee restructuring under the Common Entrance Test scheme for admissions into professional colleges in Karnataka" found that most students go by fee structure while selecting seats, and not their interest. The study also found that 91 per cent of the parents agreed with their children's choice based on financial factors.
The team surveyed 500 students in M.E.S. Junior College; St. Joseph's PU College; Vijaya Junior College; Christ Junior College; St. Ann's PU College and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Yelahanka.
Seat-sharing between the State Government and managements has been an issue in recent years. The study disclosed that a majority of professional seat aspirants (68 per cent, to be precise) preferred a 60:40 ratio in the Government's favour. More seats with the Government means a better chance of getting admission on the basis of merit.
But ultimately, seat-sharing boiled down to numbers. Fifty-eight per cent of the students surveyed wanted an increase in the number of MBBS seats. Most felt that the availability of medical seats was much lower than the demand. The consistent growth in the number of engineering seats had not reflected in the medical education sector.
The image of the Government's Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate professional courses was a key focus of the survey. It was found that 49 per cent of the respondents, both medical and engineering seat aspirants combined, disagreed with the view that the Karnataka CET was better than the ones in other States. Only 18 per cent felt otherwise. But a vast majority, almost 82 per cent, agreed that Common Entrance Test was an important examination to get into the professional stream.
However, only 20 per cent gave that status to the undergraduate entrance test conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK). Most students felt that the COMEDK test was applicable only to those who could afford the high fees charged by private institutions.
There doesn't seem to be any early solution working out even this year for the CET 2006 and students might have to go through similar tension-filled unpleasant situations they have been facing in the past few years. It might be logical to think that the government and the college managements would have learnt something from the near past to solve this problem early this academic year, but there hasn't been any progress so far.
The much-hyped central legislation for professional courses has been given a quiet burial. Higher education minister D Manjunath, who opposed the state legislation in favour of a comprehensive central law, has retracted his stance and is now supporting the state legislation.
The Karnataka government is now gearing to bring a new legislation for admission in 2006, or modify the draft legislation which was approved by the cabinet last year. Convinving the private college managements armed by the Supreme Court's August 12 judgment which did away with govt quota in unaided colleges is another ball game altogether.
The CET Cell on Thursday has warned the students aspiring to join the professional courses in Karnataka not to be misled by lofty claims made by the All India Medical and Engineering Colleges Association.
The association has been apparently issuing advertisements about holding an All India entrance test for management quota seats in under-graduate and post-graduate medical, engineering, para-medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing and technical courses during the year 2006-07.
The CET Cell clarified that this association has no jurisdiction over professional colleges in Karnataka and cautioned students aspiring for admissions to professional courses.
The Karnataka Education Awareness Forum has urged the Karnataka government to drop the proposal to bring about changes in the selection of students for professional institutions by rejecting the proposal to consider the marks scored in the CET alone for selection. The forum wants the government to continue the existing system taking into account 50 per cent of the marks scored in the Pre-University College and 50 per cent marks in the CET.
The main fear is that the change in the system would pose a threat to the students from rural areas and the weaker sections, who typically dont fare very well in the CET exams as compared to their urban counterparts. Inability to afford (or lack of) tution facilities is considered one major reason for this.
Dental / Medical Admissions.
Earlier : CET Ranks issued by giving equal weightage to the Common Entrance Test and to PUC/12th Standard Marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Now : CET Ranks to be issued solely on the basis of performance in Common Entrance Test in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. PUC/12th Std marks only used as a qualifying mark. A medical/dental rank will be given to those who score a minimum of 50 per cent (40 per cent for SC/STs) in the physics, chemistry and biology combination in CET.
Earlier : CET Ranks issued by giving equal weightage to the Common Entrance Test and to PUC/12th Standard Marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Now : Likely to remain same as earlier.
Karnataka Higher Education Minister D Manjunath today said the State Government would pressurise the Centre to come out with a law. He said a state-level CET Bill would be unnecessary in the event of the Centre coming out with a legislation.
A meeting of Higher Education Ministers of all states had been convened in New Delhi on August 27 in the wake of the Supreme Court giving a free hand to private educational institutions with regard to admissions.
In a judgment with wide ramifications on the future of professional education, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that unaided minority and non-minority institutions have absolute rights to establish, administer and admit students of their choice in medicine, engineering and other professional courses without government interference.
A seven-judge Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice R C Lahoti also abolished state quota and reservations in unaided private minority and non-minority colleges. This judgement would be effective from the next academic year 2006-2007 and all admissions made during 2005-2006 through court orders and directions of state committees would not be disturbed.
The bench allowed 15 per cent quota for NRI students in private colleges allowing them to charge higher fees. It was made clear that such seats should be utilised only for bonafide NRIs and merit should not be be ignored. The fees collected from NRIs should be utilised for the benefit of students from weaker sections.
However there should be no capitation fee and profiteering by colleges. Though every institution is free to devise its own fee structure, it could be regulated in the interest of preventing profiteering and capitation fee.
The Medical Council of India refused to approve admissions of 390 students who have got admission into the MBBS course in the state of Karnataka this year, on the basis that they have failed to secure the required 50 per cent marks in the CET. The students were admitted under the government quota.
The MCI also stated that students who have been admitted under the management quota and have failed to secure the minimum marks in COMEDK will have to meet the same fate.
As per the MCI regulations framed in 1997, candidates seeking admission to MBBS course have to secure minimum 50 per cent marks both in the qualifying exam (PUC, etc) and in the entrance test. These 390 students however, were admitted in violation of the regulations.
It has also suggested that the 390 seats could be offered to students who have secured the minimum required 50 per cent marks and above in the CET during the casual vacancy admission round.
Initial Couselling Schedule (Engineering first half)
Updated Counselling Schedule (Medical, Engineering second half and Casual Vacancy Rounds)
Medical Education Minister Iqbal Ansari will formally inaugurate the admission round seat selection for Medical, Dental, Indian System of Medicine (ISM) and Homoeopathy courses at the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell here on Wednesday.
The process will continue till July 25, including Sunday. Of the 3,335 MBBS seats, 1,784 will be available for selection in government quota. The number of medical seats available under the concessional fees of Rs. 16,200 will be 1,194 and of these, 385 seats will be available in the government quota.
The rest of the government quota seats will be available in unaided private medical colleges with a fee of Rs. 42,000. The fees for the remaining 563 seats will be Rs. 1,72,000. The number of BDS seats will be 2,290, including 1,171 seats under the government quota.
Of the government quota seats, 751 will be in government colleges. Fifty-one of these will be available for the concessional fees of Rs. 13,900. The fees for the rest of government seats will be Rs. 32,000. For 472 BDS seats, the fee will be Rs. 1.07 lakh. Students who have participated in the engineering counselling can take part in the medical counselling.
The casual vacancy round will be from August 13 to 24. The casual round for engineering and technology course is scheduled from August 26 to September 27. The casual round for Architecture seats will be held on September 28.
The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has ordered several medical colleges in the state to discharge students who have been admitted on the basis of 12th exam scores.
In all, 40 students will have to be sent home as they did not take either the CET, Comed-K test or the test conducted by the religious minority association. Further, colleges that admitted students not on merit will have to shell out a fine of Rs 1 lakh per candidate.
And institutions that admitted NRI students, but did not produce the SC order, will have to pay Rs 2 lakh per candidate.
The Justice Venkataraman Committee, the admissions overseeing body, had submitted its report to the university recently. The irregularities had been pointed out by The Times of India (June 26: Erring colleges face the music). The RGUHS has sent out letters to managements, based on the observations made by the Justice S. Venkataraman committee and the syndicate subcommittee of the health university. Also on Friday, the Karnataka HC told RGUHS to crack the whip on five colleges that had admitted non-merit students.
The HC rapped KVG Medical College, Sullia; Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Science, Bellur; Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum; S. Nijalingappa Medical College, Bagalkot and Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell on Tuesday indefinitely postponed this year’s seat allotment to MBBS, BDS, BE and other professional courses.
Even as seat allotment began for ‘special categories’ (quota for physically handicapped, NCC certificate holders and sportspersons) on Tuesday, CET Cell special officer D N Nayak announced that seat allotment for general categories — originally scheduled to start on June 20 — was put off.
Seat allotment for special categories would continue till June 18 and the seats chosen during this period would be valid.
A revised schedule for seat allotment to MBBS, BDS, BE, B Arch, homoeopathy and Indian systems of medicine (BAMS, BUMS and BNYS) courses would be notified shortly, Mr Nayak said, adding students would be given at least one week’s notice before counselling resumed. This is the second year in a row that the CET’s seat allotment has been stalled mid-way.
Sources in the medical education department said the government was yet to formalise and present in the Supreme Court a compromise formula of seat-sharing on a 50:50 basis reached with private college managements for its approval. Also, the seat matrix for the reserved and general merit categories has not yet been finalised and approval from Medical Council of India for the 5 new government colleges has not yet been obtained.
Conceding the demand of private college managements the State Cabinet on Thursday accepted 50:50 as the seat-sharing ratio between government and management quota in private medical and dental colleges.
With this, the uncertainty in MBBS and BDS admissions has been resolved, but at the cost of around 150 government quota medical and dental seats which will now go to the managements’ kitty. This is the second time in the last few days that the government has bowed to the diktat of private managements.
Earlier, the 55:45 formula mooted by the cabinet sub-committee on professional college admissions had been rejected by college managements, as they insisted on a 50:50 ratio. For engineering courses, there will be no change in the 65:35 ratio (65 per cent of intake in each private college to be filled by CET, the remaining under the management quota). Last year’s three-tier differential fee structure will continue for engineering, medical and dental streams.
The Cabinet had approved an increase in the number of MBBS seats in each of the four existing medical colleges in the State from 100 to 150. Mr Shivaram said the total intake in the four existing government medical colleges in the State at Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli and Bellary for the current academic year (2005-06) will increase from 400 to 600.
“The government has set the stage for a smooth counselling process for selection of students for admission in professional colleges by CET Cell from June 14,” Mr Shivaram said, adding that the government will continue to provide 100 per cent fee concession to SC/ST/ category 1 students and 60 per cent fee concession to category - B students.
Meanwhile, Consortium of Medical, Dental and Engineering Colleges in Karnataka (Comed-K) Chairman R L Jalappa welcomed the Cabinet decision. “The Supreme Court’s order was for a 50:50 share in seats. We gave our quota of 10 per cent seats last year only because CET counselling had started. There was no question of reconsidering the 50:50 ratio this year,” Mr Jalappa said.
The revised formula for medical and dental admissions has thrown open the following scenario.
Of the 50 per cent seats coming under the government quota for medical courses, 30 per cent (for SC/STs and poor meritorious students) will pay a subsidised fee of Rs 35,000 per annum while the remaining 20 per cent will pay Rs 1.65 per annum. Students opting for seats under the management quota have to shell out Rs 3.7 lakh per year.
For dental courses, 30 per cent students under government quota will pay Rs 25,000 per year and the remaining 20 per cent, Rs 1.1 lakh.
The fees for management quota is fixed at Rs 2.75 lakh per annum. In the engineering stream, 30 per cent students under the free seat quota will pay a subsidised fee of Rs 15,000 per annum and the remaining 35 per cent, Rs 50,000.
However, management quota students will have to shell out Rs 1 lakh per annum.
Results of the Common Entrance Test (CET) was announced on the internet and select telephonic services after 2 pm on Tuesday and will be at all CET exam centres at 11 am on Wednesday (June 1). The course-wise merit-lists of CET 2005, held in early May for admissions to MBBS, BDS, BE and BArch courses, will be put up at all 182 exam centres in the State by Wednesday morning. The results will, however, not be available at the CET Cell office.
For results on phone, students can call up the BSNL number 1255225 (prefix 9580 if outside Bangalore, 080 if outside the State). BSNL mobile subscribers can dial 12506 for the same service.
As the CET registration number has two alphabets, students must use the number of the alphabet instead of the letter. A becomes 01, B 02, C 03 and so on, ending with Z as 26. For example, CET registration number AZ654 should be dialled as 01 26 654 (01 for A and 26 for Z) and BX253 as 02 24 253.
The results are available on Spice and Reliance services too. Spice customers must SMS CET (space) registration number to 555. Students can get their results on Reliance World’s application suite ‘Exam Results’ by selecting ‘Get Results’. Students can register their numbers in advance so they would get results soon after 2 pm. They can also SMS KACET followed by registration number to 1234 or 3926.
The following are the websites where CET results would be available:
http://kar.nic.in/cet, http://cet.kar.nic.in, http://results.icenetworld.com, www.shimoga.net, www.indiainfo.com, www.thatskannada.indiainfo.com, www.karnataka.com, www.educhoice.org.
The Karnataka cabinet decided to increase the intake of merit students for MBBS courses in the government colleges from 100 seats to 150. The decision is subject to MCI approval, which the government hopes it will get. With this, 200 more students will get into the four medical colleges under the merit quota.
The cabinet also decided to sanction 29 additional MBBS seats to Yenopoya Medical College, Mangalore, and 16 seats to K.S.Hegde Medical Academy,Mangalore.
The cabinet sanctioned six additional post-graduate seats in each discipline in M.S. Ramaiah Dental College, Bangalore. The cabinet also accorded permission to upgrade infrastructure at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital and SDS Sanatorium.
The cabinet also decided to increase nearly 10-fold the fees for post-graduate medical and dental courses. Students who were paying Rs 1,000 in medical colleges for pre-clinical courses have to pay Rs 5,000 now. Those who paid Rs 1,000 for para-clinical courses will have to cough up Rs 10,000. The fee for clinical courses -- earlier Rs 5,000 -- has been increased to Rs 50,000.
The Supreme Court, while disposing of a petition filed by M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, directed that the seatsharing quota arrived at between the managements of engineering colleges and the fee structure that prevailed during last year should be maintained for the coming year too. During 2004-05, the government and private engineering colleges had agreed on 75:25 seat matrix.
However, the Karnataka government is considering seeking a clarification from the Supreme Court whether its order pertaining to seat-sharing and fee structure for engineering course is applicable to medical and dental courses for 2005-06 too.
Meanwhile, Comed-K will meet on May 20 to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court order. "Managements will decide on the formula to be followed for admissions 2005. We will also decide on the non-Karnataka quota,"Comed-K sources said.
The Key answers of all Versions of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology subjects of ‘CET 2005’ have been posted HERE along with the Key answers of the Aptitude Test – Part – 1, inviting objections, if any, with regard to any of the published key answers.
The candidates / parents are hereby informed to file their objections, if any, on a plain paper indicating the Subject, Version-code, Question number along with their Name, Address and contact telephone / mobile number. They are also advised to enclose the supporting documents / justifications, if any. The objections should reach the Special Officer, CET Cell, 18th Cross, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore during office hours either in person or through ‘Speed Post’ on or before 18-05-2005. Objections received after 18-05-2005 will not be entertained.
The objections received by the CET Cell will be placed before an Expert Committee, whose decision will be final in this regard.
Even as the Supreme Court's verdict is awaited, the cabinet sub-committee on CET, headed by Karnataka deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah, has directed the CET Cell to go ahead with the entrance test from May 3. The sub-committee has directed the Cell to be "all set" for the exam even if there is a delay in the SC ruling.
The sub-committee has given its nod to register the six new government medical colleges in Bidar, Shimoga, Raichur, Mandya, Hassan and Belgaum as autonomous societies under the Karnataka Societies Act so that they can "enjoy maximum autonomy and flexibility in administration.
About 20 new nursing colleges, two dental colleges and an ayurveda college have got clearance from the sub-committee. Several medical and dental colleges that had applied for increase in intake have been given the nod subject to final approval by the cabinet.
In a major decision, the Consortium of Medical, Dental and Engineering colleges (Comed-K) has decided to conduct the COMED-K test on May 1, 2005 and not to restrict the test to Karnataka students like the government conducted CET.
The Comed-K notification will be out on March 28 that will give details of the number of colleges and the seats that will accept the Comed-K scores. In 2004, 20,000 students took this entrance test with 16 medical colleges, 22 dental colleges and 34 engineering colleges accepting the Comed-K scores.
In a major announcement by the CET Cell, the dates for the entrance test were announced to be May 3 and 4. However the notification declared that the CET would be held for only the Karnataka students, and hence the non-Karnataka students need not apply. After all the problems faced by the goverment last year with the seat selection issue with private college managements, the government seemed to have take the easy way out on the non-Karnataka issue atleast, to avoid further complications later.
|CET Exam||May 3,4 2005|
|Last date for submitting DD||March 3, 2005|
|Application forms to reach colleges||March 15, 2005|
The CET forms are expected to be obtained from the school or colleges where the student finishes her 12th or equivalent directly. The candidates will have to submit a DD of Rs 550 to principals in advance in favour of The Special Officer, CET Cell, Bangalore.
Last year, 1,09,314 candidates applied for CET, including 27,897 non-Karnataka students. Around 93,000 students appeared for the CET.
Meanwhile the other body, Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental colleges in Karnataka (Comed-K), which had conducted a parallel entrance test last year in behalf of few of the professional colleges, have not announced their test dates or other information.
Over 14,000 engineering and 1000 medical seats lie vacant in professional colleges in Karnataka in 2004-05, and with proposals like limiting CET to only Karnataka students, things could only get worse. Karnataka has always been proud of the number of students it has had from all over the country. A major reason for this, has been a good, clean entrance exam – CET, and plenty of professional, (especially engineering), seats on offer.
However this government’s plans seem to be different. Higher education minister D. Manjunath has been quoted as saying, “I believe that the CET should be held only for Karnataka students.”
The reason for the large number of vacant seats is believed by the government to be due to the bad infrastructure in some of the colleges, and so the Visvesvaraya Technological University(VTU) has been asked to review and cancel affiliation for colleges not meeting AICTE norms. Definitely canceling affiliations of colleges not up to the mark is a good thing, but a problem of 14,000 seats being vacant cannot be solved by discontinuing affiliations to a few below-par colleges. Especially with the government sanctioning five new engineering colleges for 2005-06, things will not improve much.
Definitely allowing the non-Karnataka students to write the CET, and giving them a quota of the seats is the way to go.
Discussion between the government and the various professional college managements have started this year. Last year, the entire admission process was postponed twice and delayed by nearly two months following the government and managements taking the case to various courts. However no consensus has been reached so far.
The Karnataka government has proposed to file a joint declaration between the government and the colleges before the Supreme Court spelling out a consensus seat sharing ratio and fee structure for admissions for the academic year 2005-06. However the meeting remained inconclusive, with managements insisting that further discussions could take place only after the apex court delivered its verdict.
No decision had been taken on whether last year’s seat sharing matrix would hold good this year. Several petitions filed by private managements and students regarding fee structure and seat matrix pending before the Supreme Court are coming up for hearing next month.
Last year after countless meeting and negotiations and the CET counseling having being postponed twice, the government and the colleges agreed, as a one-time measure, to abide by a 75:25 seat sharing arrangement for engineering courses and a 60:40 ratio for medical and dental courses. A three-tier differential fee structure was agreed upon by the government and managements for all the three streams. A good start has been made this year starting off discussions a little earlier. However only if a consensus is reached early, will students, the main sufferers from last year's CET debacle, benefit this year.
The Karnataka High Court on Jan 7, 2004 quashed proceedings of a CET Cell inquiry which found 90 non-Karnataka students, who appeared for the 2003-04 Common Entrance Test, guilty of malpractice.
The HC has ruled that the inquiry by former CET special officer and KPSC secretary B.A. Harish Gowda had failed to come up with evidence to prove that the students are guilty of gaining admission through fraud. Based on the inquiry report the state had on June 2, 2004, ordered the removal of the students from the medical, engineering and dental colleges they had been admitted to.
The students were found guilty by the CET Cell inquiry of scoring abnormally high marks, not commensurate with previous academic achievements, including their Plus-Two performance.
The inquiry concluded that these students probably had prior knowledge of the questions, saying they were probably leaked from one of the 39 treasuries where they were housed, prior to their release for the exams. The inquiry arrived at this conclusion after finding a common pattern in the answering of questions by the students.
Engineering students in Karnataka will spend longer hours in their classrooms this year. The delay in resolving the CET imbroglio has forced colleges to increase the number of 'contact hours' for its students. Worse, many students will end up losing precious classroom hours, as the CET Cell has not completed the admission process.
The CET Cell will continue selecting students till November 21. Despite this, a majority of engineering colleges commenced classes in the second week of October, and have even notified the last date for payment of fees for exams. Hence, students who are admitted after October first week will have to fend for themselves or attend tuitions to catch up with their classmates.
With the confusion in fees, many students who have been selected by premier institutions are going in for lesser-known colleges and seeking transfer of seats
The Dental Council of India has suggested setting up of more dental colleges and a proposal has been submitted to the government. Sources report that the government wants to have a dental college within the premises of government hospitals.
Already, Bangalore Medical College has a dental college at Bangalore and there is a need for establishing dental colleges at Vijaynagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, KIMS, Hubli and Mysore Medical College, Mysore.
The setting up of a dental college requires huge funds. Dr C Bhasker Rao, acting president, Dental Council of India has opined that there is a need for establishing more dental colleges.
There are 47 private dental colleges and only one government dental college in the State. Dr Biradar said plans are afoot to start BSc Nursing and BSc Technical courses at KIMS. Presently, only one government BSc Nursing college is functioning in Bangalore and there is a need for starting one in north Karnataka. In all probability, the BSc Nursing course may start from next year.
If students were desperate a few weeks ago, it is now the turn of engineering colleges in Karnataka. With D-day nearing, despairing colleges are going the whole hog to attract students and some have even gone to the extent of offering a 50 per cent discount on tuition fees.
The trend is along expected lines, but colleges have gone a step ahead. Some of them - like Bellary Engineering College, Nadgir Educational Institutions and Sri Venkataswara Engineering College - have set up camp at the CET cell, displaying details of vacancies, course, college location etc.
Colleges are even taking students visiting the Cell office to their campus, showcasing the facilities and the discount in fees.
CET students can finally heave a sigh of relief, for private college managements on Tuesday agreed to admit students on a three-tier fee structure. However, students will have to sign an undertaking on agreeing to pay the difference in amount, if the fee fixation committee headed by Justice Rangavittalachar alters the fee structure.
Following Comed chairman R.L. Jalappa's salvo that colleges will not admit students unless the government resolves the confusion, chief minister N. Dharam Singh held a meeting with private college managements and assured them that the government would safeguard the interest of the institutions to the best of its ability. "Everything has been resolved now. The admission process will be smooth," Singh told reporters.
Echoing the CM's statement, Comed chairman Jalappa said in a press release: "Keeping in view the anxiety of the parents and students, we have decided to put an end to the stalemate. Therefore, all Comed-K colleges are requested to admit students from the CET Cell, after getting them to sign an undertaking that they would adhere to any fee increase by the fee fixation committee."
Following the assurance, Comed-K decided to shelve its earlier proposal to collect a uniform fee of Rs 2.08 lakh for a medical seat and Rs 1.47 lakh for a dental seat.
The compromise formula on medical and dental admissions on a 60:40 basis with a three-tier fee structure agreed to by the managements and government earlier this month will now hold good.
Under this arrangement, of the 60 per cent medical seats in the government quota, 30 per cent paid a subsidised fee of Rs 35,000, while the remaining 30 per cent students paid Rs 1.65 lakh per year. For the 40 per cent seats in the management quota, the fee was fixed at Rs 3.75.
Similarly, for dental courses, 30 per cent students under government quota paid Rs 25,000 per year and the remaining 30 per cent paid Rs one lakh. Management students paid Rs 2.75 lakh.
Even as the casual vacancy round of admissions to MBBS and BDS courses took off without hitches on Thursday, several harassed students — medical and engineering — came to the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell on Thursday, after the colleges they had chosen earlier refused to admit them.
Though a few colleges affiliated to the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental colleges in Karnataka (Comed-K) relaxed their stand and agreed to take in students, at least six colleges sent back students outright.
“As the High Court has only partially accepted the ‘arrangement’ agreed upon between the colleges and the government, we cannot continue with the arrangement and hence cannot accept admissions from the CET Cell,” stated one of the colleges in its rejection letter.
Some colleges that refused to admit CET students-
“Students just have to wait for a few more days, probably till September 30, let’s see what the colleges do,” said Mr Prasad, when contacted.
Quoting a court order in 2001, where a student was allowed to attend classes six months after admissions to it, he said the move by colleges to reject students was just another tactic to garner more seats in the management quota. “The colleges are trying to dishonour their part of the agreement,” said Mr Prasad.
Scandal in admissions
The Justice S Venkataraman Admission Committee has unearthed several cases of “multiple admissions” wherein same students have allegedly secured medical admissions (under management quota) in more than one Comed-K institution at a time. The Committee has so far stumbled upon as many as 31 such cases after scrutinising the admission lists furnished by some Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges (Comed-K) for first year MBBS course in 2004-05.
“By doing so, these colleges wanted to prove that there were no seats left under the management quota so that they can later sell those seats (concealed under multiple admission cover) for a higher fee,” officials said.
The seat selection took off peacefully on the first day of counseling. All the 373 seats in the General Merit and 23 seats in General Merit (Kannada medium) categories of concessional fees quota were filled up at the end of the first day.
Only 298 of the 1,000 MBBS seats in the concessional fee quota of seats remained unfilled, after the top 1,500 rank-holders were allotted seats. As many as 447 of the 583 seats in higher fees category remain vacant. However, all 34 naturopathy seats, 56 unani seats and 219 homeopathy seats found no takers among the top rankers. Three of the 842 ayurveda seats were taken up. As for dental seats, 645 of the 668 concessional fee quota seats remained unfilled and none of the 575 seats in the higher fee category were taken. Though the Cell had beefed up security, counselling went off without a hitch.
However the COMED seems to be raising another issue now. The Comed-K chairman R L Jalappa met Chief Minister N Dharam Singh with a fresh demand: if the formula does not stand legal challenge in the High Court, the State government must subsidise the CET quota students. This inspite of the Supreme Court giving its stamp of approval for the compromise formula on seat-sharing and fee structure.
Private colleges and the government recently finalised a compromise on MBBS admissions on a 60-40 basis. Of the 60 per cent seats in the government quota, 30 per cent would have to pay a subsidised fee of Rs 35,000, while another 30 per cent students have to pay Rs 1.65 lakh per year. As for the 40 per cent seats in management quota, Rs 3.75 lakh was the fee fixed.
This is the third time that the CET schedule is being revised this year and hopefully the last time. Fresh counselling for admission to all streams of professional courses will commence at the CET Cell from September 10 with the seat selection process for NCC and sports categories.
The counselling process will go on till November 17 and will include fresh counselling for all streams for both Karnataka and non-Karnataka students. However, there will be no recounselling for candidates who have already claimed seats under the physically handicapped quota.
CET counselling schedule
NCC and sports quota: Sept 10
MBBS/BDS seats-Karnataka: Sept 11 - 15
BE seats-Karnataka: Sept 16 - 22 and Sept 28 - Oct 19
MBBS/BDS seats-Karnataka: Sept 23 - 25
B Arch seats-Karnataka: Sept 27
BE seats-Non-Karnataka: Oct 20 - 21
Casual vacancy round
BArch seats-Karnataka: Oct 25
BE seats-Karnataka: Oct 27 to Nov 10
Casual vacancy round
BE seats-Non-Karnataka: Nov 16 - 17
The candidates who are appearing for the counselling for the first time should bring original documents as detailed in the CET-2004 brochure. However, the candidates who have already appeared for counselling and who were allotted seats by the CET Cell from July 8 to August 19 need not bring their original documents.
However, they should bring photocopies of documents along with the acknowledgement card issued by the CET Cell (green card) and the original bank challan for having paid the fees. The fees already paid will be adjusted against the payment to be made during the fresh counselling and excess amount, if any, will be refunded.
The Supreme Court agreed to a joint memorandum between the Karnataka government and private professional college managements envisaging a compromise seat-sharing formula of 75:25 in engineering courses and 60:40 in medical and dental courses.
Earlier the government and the college managements agreed to a 60:40 split of seats for medical and dental colleges, 60% for the government and 40% for the college managements. The 75:25 sharing for engineering colleges had already been agreed upon.
The CET Cell will commence the seat-selection process afresh from rank one for medical, dental and engineering courses on September 10 or 11. Fresh counselling is necessary as there is a change in seat-sharing ratio. Up to Aug. 19, the Cell has been admitting students on a 75:25 basis.
New colleges: According to sources, the government had sanctioned five new medical colleges in Bidar, Belgaum, Raichur, Hassan and Chamarajanagar and the overall intake in government medical colleges has also increased by 110 seats this year.
The Karnataka government and private colleges on Saturday came to an agreement on seat-sharing and fee structure for engineering in what appears to be an 'out-of-court' settlement. However nothing has been decided about medical and dental till now and is likely to be discussed on Monday(30th August).
Main highlights of the agreement (for engineering only) -
|Category||% of seats||Fee (Rs) p.a.|
|Karnataka Quota (Merit)||30||15,000|
|Karnataka Quota (Payment)||35||50,000|
The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned to September 3 hearing on petitions filed by private colleges challenging a Karnataka law for 75:25 ratio between the government and managements for admission to unaided medical, dental and engineering courses in private colleges.
Meanwhile, the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) has called a Karnataka bundh on Saturday to protest the failure of the government in handling the CET issue.
The final fee structure and the split of seats is likely to be worked out by Aug 28 by the government and the private college managements, one day after the Supreme Court's decision on this matter.
The fee structure might be on the lines of what was fixed last year — a two-slab fee structure for students in private colleges. The management quota fees will be either the same or slightly less than the fees fixed by the Justice Murgod Committee.
However, the fees for government quota students might be far lesser (ranging around Rs 45,000 for MBBS, around Rs 30,000 for BDS and Rs 12,000 for BE courses as was set last year).
Seat selection through the Common Entrance Test Cell is set to resume early next month.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has struck down the number of seats in the management quota in five medical colleges in Karnataka for the academic year 2004-05, as a penalty against them for having made excess admissions in the last academic year.
These colleges are :
The State government will challenge the recent Supreme Court Division Bench order allowing an NRI/foreign quota within the management quota in private professional colleges.
Briefing reporters after a review meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on the Common Entrance Test (CET), the CM said questioning the NRI quota, which was allowed earlier this week in two colleges to the extent of 15 per cent of the management quota, will be part of an interlocutory application to be filed on Friday.
Basically the state's argument is if management quota seats are allowed, then the fee structure will not remain same for all students as per the TMA Pai SC judgement. Hence either the earlier system of seat distribution and management quota system should be followed or a new system with no management quota seats should be followed.
Minority Colleges to Hold Test - KRLM- CAT 2004
If the government CET and the COMED's UGET were not enough, the minority institutions of Karnataka have decided to hold a test for entrance into professional colleges.
As many as 26 minority medical, dental and engineering colleges have now come together under the aegis of the Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional College Association to conduct a separate entrance test - KRLM- CAT 2004 for admissions under the management quota in their colleges. These include six medical, 10 dental and 10 engineering colleges.
The colleges have announced a packed schedule whereby they propose to issue application forms, conduct the examination, announce the results and hold the admission process in eight days flat.
With the Supreme Court fixing a 50:50 seat sharing arrangement in minority colleges, as many as 200 medical, 250 dental and 800 engineering seats will come to the kitty of these colleges.
The association has already started issuing application forms from Thursday, and they propose to conduct the examination on August 17 and announce the results on August 19. The last date for submitting the applications is August 16. A majority of these colleges had stayed away from the CET and Comed-K. The following is the list of member institutions of the Association:
Al Ameen Medical College, Bijapur (Religious-Muslim); A J Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore (Linguistic-Tulu); MVJ Medical College, Bangalore, (Linguistic - Tamil); Navodhaya Medical College, Raichur; SDM Medical College, Dharwad (Linguistic-Tulu); Vydehi Institute of Medical Science, Bangalore (Linguistic -Telugu).
Al Ameen Dental College, Bijapur (Religious-Muslim); Al-Badar Rural Dental College and Hospital, Gulbarga (Religious-Muslim); A J Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore (Linguistic-Tulu); Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bangalore (Linguistic-Telugu); Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Virajpet (Linguistic-Kodava); Farooquia Dental College (Religious-Muslim); Raja Rajeshwari Dental College and Hospital (Linguistic-Tamil); SDM Dental College, Dharwad (Linguistic-Tulu); Oxford Dental College (Linguistic-Telugu) and Vydehi College of Dental Sciences (Linguistic-Telugu).
Anjuman Engineering College, Bhatkal (Religious-Muslim); Bahubali College of Engineering, Shravanabelogola (Religious-Jain); Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar (Religious-Sikh); HKBK College of Engineering, Bangalore (Religious-Muslim); KCT College of Engineering, Gulbarga, (Religious-Muslim); MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore (Linguistic-Tamil); New Horizon College of Engineering, Bangalore (Linguistic-Sindhi); P A College of Engineering, Bantwal, (Religious-Muslim); SDM College of Engineering, Dharwad (Linguistic-Tulu) and Oxford College of Engineering (Linguistic-Telugu)
Nearly 700 BE seats are likely to be offered to non-Karnataka students who have appeared for the Common Entrance Test (CET), as some of the managements of private colleges have agreed to go by the CET merit list for seat selection. In a major reprieve to students, private engineering colleges ? both those affiliated to the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges in Karnataka (Comed-K) and those who are not ? have made seat selection easier, at least for engineering courses.
While the Forum of New Engineering Colleges ? comprising 56 of the 113 BE colleges ? decided to offer all their seats based on the CET merit list, Comed-K has decided to conduct common counselling for BE seats. Forum Convenor D H Shekar said colleges would reserve 5 to 10 per cent of their seats for non-Karnataka students. The remaining seats would be filled with Karnataka students, also based on the CET ranking. He said all these colleges would call for applications and hold individual counselling in their colleges on different days, which would be notified on their websites.
As each of the 56 colleges has 120 to 160 seats as their total intake, about 6,720 seats would be in the management quota. Of these, nearly 700 are likely to be reserved for non-Karnataka students.
SCT Trust Chairman K A Subramanya, who is one of the Forum members, however said a few colleges were ?unconditionally willing? to allow the CET Cell to conduct counselling for the management quota seats. ?Even if the Supreme Court upholds a 50:50 seat-sharing ratio, we will ask the CET to send 75 per cent of students to our college. Besides, we are willing to give the CET a share of management quota seats for counselling for non-Karnataka students,? he said. This, however, was not endorsed by the other Forum members.
Meanwhile, Comed-K has set up a sub-committee to work out the modalities of centralised counselling for its colleges. Twenty-three colleges with a total intake of about 10,000 seats are affiliated to Comed-K. Of these, 2,500 seats are in the management quota.
Counselling will only be based on the Comed-K undergraduate entrance test (UGET) ranking.
?The sub-committee comprises retired IAS officers B R Prabhakar and K V Surendranath, and representatives of four engineering colleges. It will decide what scheme of common counselling to have and submit a report by Monday,? said Comed-K Executive Secretary S Kumar. The consortium will finalise its scheme on Monday.
The ongoing admission round seat selection process for Medical, Dental and Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy courses was suspended on 15-07-2004. The Second Round and Casual Vacancy Round for Medical, Dental and Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy courses will start from 7 August. During this round, action will be taken to re-allot the seats with regard to all the candidates including the candidates who have been counselled and allotted with seats from 12-07-2004 to 15-07-2004. In other words, all the candidates having medical ranks from first to last rank should attend the Second Round and Casual Vacancy Round for Medical, Dental, Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy seat selection process invariably, since the seats allotted to them from 12-07-2004 to 15-07-2004 and 30th & 31st of July, 2004 will be modified in accordance with the merit and option of candidates. This will include Thirty candidates who had selected seats in St. John?s Medical College, Bangalore and whose seats are deemed to have been cancelled in view of Hon?ble Supreme Court?s order dated 30-07-2004, there by necessitating fresh counseling. During this round, the seats newly added by the MCI will also be offered for selection.
The Medical, Dental, Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy and Engineering seats selected by Physically Disabled, NCC and Sports Special category candidates will remain unaltered.
The new schedule for seat selection can be obtained under the following link
NEW SCHEDULE FOR SEAT SELECTION
In view of the orders of the Hon?ble Supreme Court of India dated 15-07-2004 prescribing the seat-sharing ratio between Government and Private Un-aided managements at 50:50, the seat selection process conducted by the Common Entrance Test Cell at 75:25 ratio is hereby cancelled. Therefore, the seats allotted in favour of the candidates in Government, Aided and Private Un-aided colleges are also automatically deemed as cancelled. The seat selection process will not take place from 16-07-2004 till further notification. The new schedule for seat selection with regard to Medical, Dental, Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy and Engineering courses will be notified shortly.
In view of the above developments, candidates are advised not to report to the allotted colleges and they will have to re-appear for seat selection on the revised dates to be notified. The fees paid by the candidates will be adjusted upon fresh selection of seats. The candidates are advised to securely preserve the admission orders, acknowledgement card (Green Card), bank challen, etc. and bring the same during fresh round of seat selection process. In the event of failure to get the allotment of seats / non-selection of seats, the fees already paid by the candidates will be returned to them during the fresh round of seat selection process
The revised schedule for the CET counseling (Karnataka students) can be obtained HERE
However, there has been no intimation for the non-Karnataka students. Keep checking the site for futher information.
Meanwhile the government and the colleges are yet to reach to an agreement and both are looking at the judiciary system for help.
The confusion over the allocation of engineering/medical/dental seats for 2004 has still not cleared out even after the formation of the government in Karnataka. No decisions have been taken to admit students or the number of students on the basis of the Common Entrance Test (CET) held by the government and the COMED entrance test held by the COMED, or in any other way.
The main bone of contention still remains the percentage of seats to be allocated through CET(by the government) and by management quota seats by the colleges (this includes seats to be allocated through COMED). The government is insisting on a 75 %-25 % split in favor of the government, while the college management refusing to agree any other split other than a 50 % - 50 %. The colleges even threaten to approach the Supreme Court if forced to fill in 75% of seats through the government while the government will be put in bad light as in sacrificing the interests of meritorious students, if it agrees to the 50-50 split of seats.
The delay is also due to the fact that no party has got a clear mandate in the recently concluded assembly elections, and the Congress and JD(S) governments are fighting tooth and nail for ministerial seats and positions. With the cabinet itself not decided, the government is finding it difficult to solve other problems like the CET issue, which it claims though is of very high priority.
The issue of admissions to post-graduate dental (MDS) courses is heading for another legal confrontation.
A day after admissions were ?completed? to post-graduate professional medical and dental courses (on Monday) by the Department of Medical Education, several private unaided colleges refused admission to students on Tuesday.
This, despite the fact that these students have paid up Rs 2 lakh ?tentative? fees fixed by the high court (which is 20 times more than what they used to pay till last year), and the HC categorically stating that admissions to dental courses should be on a 50:50 ratio.
Some students have even obtained an interim HC order, directing the colleges to admit them as they came under the government?s 50 per cent merit quota.
However, the students were sent back without the college officials even looking at the HC order, the disgruntled students stated in a complaint.
Most colleges are arguing they will only take 20 per cent of students from the government quota, as they have filled the remaining 80 per cent seats. This violates the HC and the government order.
Till last year, the government of Karnataka conducted CET was being used to fill in 75-85 % of the seats in all Engineering/Medical and Dental Colleges in the state of Karnataka. The fees was fixed, and all seats were available based on merit to students who took up this test. The remaining seats were filled up by the colleges themselves, known as ?management quota? fees.
The Supreme Court in its landmark decision, however, decided that private, unaided colleges need not fill in all their seats through the government (The Government conducted CET). Most colleges in this state are private. Henceforth it was decided that 50% of the seats would be filled through CET and the remaining by the colleges themselves. However the Supreme Court made it clear that the colleges should hold an entrance test and fill in students based on that. Also the colleges can fix their own fees but it should be fixed reasonably, and possibly ratified the government.
The Government thus decided that since their share of the seats were limited, they would offer those seats only to the Karnataka students. (Earlier around 20% of the total seats were marked for the non-Karnataka students).
However, many engineering colleges decided that they would give the government a part of their share of seats(due to various reasons). Among these seats the colleges would decide to allocate a part of these to non-Karnataka students too.
However most of the medical/dental and few engineering colleges refused to part with their share of seats. Now to fill in their seats, as per the requirement, they had to conduct a entrance test. Here comes in COMED-K, which is conducting this entrance test. However, the fees that is to be charged by them, or other expenses are not disclosed. The PG entrance that was conducted by COMED recently, had parents complaining that all rank holders had to pay very high fees too.
To make matters worse, further negotiations between the government and the college managements has been delayed due to the elections.
The COMED applications are out. More details on how to apply HERE .
With continuing of votes on May 13, the CET 2004 on May 12 and 13 has been postponed. It will be held on May 18 and May 19.
For complete timetable, click on More Info on CET
Private engineering colleges in the State have agreed to fill their quota of seats with students sent by the government for the academic year 2004-05 while private medical and dental colleges have decided to convey their decision in this regard soon.
Main points -
Meanwhile, the state government has decided to postpone its decision to conduct a Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to degree courses in allied health sciences by one year.
CET which was supposed to be held for B.Sc (Nursing), B Pharma and BPT (physiotherapy) -- besides ten para-medical courses from this year, will now be held only from the academic year 2005-06. As in the previous years, CET will be held only for medical, dental, engineering, homeopathy and Indian Systems of Medicine this year.
If this year's professional college admission process was complicated, next year's is likely to get worse as private professional colleges have geared up to demand a larger share of seats. Not just that. The state government is yet to constitute the two committees to be headed by retired high court judges to finalise the fee structure and seat matrix. The SC had ordered the constitution of two such committees
The Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges (COMED) - floated last year as a forum for all private professional colleges - recently submitted to the government a draft scheme of the admission process for 2004-05.
According to the draft scheme - specifying admissions to medical and dental courses for now -
The Karnataka government has granted approval for three new engineering colleges in the state. The colleges will start functioning from 2004. The cabinet sub-committee approved applications submitted by,
However the final clearance has to be given by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The total number of engineering colleges will go up to 120 if all the three colleges are cleared.
About 4,300 seats in various engineering colleges are lying vacant after CET-2003.
The vacancies were highest in the branches of Information Sciences (1,200) and Computer Sciences (500). The situation was better than last year when 6,500 seats had not been filled up. Besides, the number of vacancies in the State was lesser when compared with those in other states
The government has decided to set up two separate committees headed by retired judges of the Karnataka High Court to regulate admissions as well as fee structure from the next academic year for the colleges offering professional courses as per a Supreme Court directive.
As per the directive of the Supreme Court issued in August this year, the committee on fee structure would prescribe fee structure for each institution after receiving proposals in this regard from them. The fee fixed by the committee shall be binding for a period of three years.
As many as 170 seats were offered today to students on the first day of the casual vacancy round. Around 5000 students appeared for the casual vacancy round, and yet 28 seats remained vacant. The main reason being parents could not shell out Rs 1.97 lakh per annum as tuition fees.
The number of merit seats have come down by half this year. Only 25 per cent of the total 2,500 medical seats are ?free? seats (Rs 16,200 in a government college and Rs 45,000 in a private college), while a huge chunk ? 40 per cent ? are priced at Rs 1.97 lakh, compared to CET last year, when 50 per cent were ?free? seats and the fees for a free seat even in a private medical college was just Rs 16,200, while a payment seat was Rs 1.1 lakh.
The cut-off rank for a free medical seat this year was 909. However, the only respite was the 50 newly added medical seats in KMC, Hubli. Being government seats, these were offered for Rs 16,200 and were grabbed like hot-cakes.
The last date for reporting to the respective colleges for candidates who have selected seats in the admission round (engineering/ medical/ dental/ Indian system of medicine and homoeopathy) up to August 14 has been fixed at September 10.
The candidates who fail to report on or before the said date at the respective colleges, such seats will get automatically cancelled and they will be deemed as casual vacancy seats, according to a press note from CET special officer. Such candidates can participate in the casual vacancy round in the order of merit starting from September 22 along with other candidates who have not selected any seats.
It is clarified that they would be entitled to claim casual vacancy seats when their turn comes on the basis of CET ranking. But they do not have the assurance/guarantee of getting back the seat originally allotted to them. The fee paid during the admission round will be adjusted in the casual vacancy round.
Private college managements, to the relief of thousands of students, on Friday agreed to continue with the existing 75:25 seat sharing formula and fee structure for admission to professional courses for this academic year. This eliminated the possibility of recounselling for students who had already secured seats through the CET Cell.
The consensus between private college managements and the government was arrived at a meeting convened by Chief Minister S M Krishna here to find a solution to the admission issue following the Supreme Court’s recent order stipulating a fresh seat sharing formula.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Higher Education Minister G Parameshwara said the seat selection process would now resume from August 28 at the CET Cell for seats for which the exercise was incomplete. The seats which have already been allotted through the CET Cell remain valid. The existing fee structure stipulated by the Karnataka High Court will continue for all professional courses.
He said managements of private professional colleges had agreed to leave 75 per cent of the seats to the government to fill and retain 25 per cent for admission to professional courses for the academic year 2003-04. Dr Parameshwara said it was agreed at the meeting that the 75 per cent admission through the CET route would be valid for this year only and a new format would be worked out for next year.
By maintaining the status quo in the seat sharing formula announced by the government, the interest of non-Karnataka students who faced threat of losing their admissions has also been protected. Dr Parameshwara said the number of seats which remain unfilled during the counselling by CET would go to the management quota.
Friday’s developments come as a big relief to students aspiring for admission to engineering, medical and dental courses as the counselling process had to be suspended due to the Supreme Court judgement of August 14.
The state government and professional college managements seem to be inching towards a consensus on accommodating the 25 per cent students admitted in excess of the Supreme Court’s 50:50 seat sharing formula with the managements reiterating their commitment to protect students’ interest.
After a general body meeting of the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges (Comed), chairman R.L. Jalappa said the managements had arrived at a consensus to protect the students’ interests.
Details of the decision are not known. It is believed that Comed member institutions have decided to accommodate the 25 per cent excess students in its quota to prevent “any disturbance or dislocation of students.’’ Managements have also decided to follow the existing fee structure but subject to the final decision of the fee regulatory committee.
There is a likelihood of colleges admitting students based on the existing fee structure with an undertaking that it would be subject to the decision of the fee regulatory committee.
In a very bad news for non-Karnataka students, the 10 % seats reserved for them in Karnataka for professional courses that are to be allocated through CET will be done away with and students who had secured admissions in earlier counselling rounds through this quota will lose their seats. This was announced by the Government of Karnataka after the Supreme Court order which reduced the seats to be filled by the government from 75% to 50%
This has been done to protect the interests of the Karnataka students. Officials of medical and technical education departments have been directed to finalise in two or three days a new seat matrix. Law Minister D B Chandre Gowda said the government would initiate measures to ensure admissions by September-end so students would not miss the first semester. The government had asked the officials to draw the new seat matrix so that an early schedule could be announced for re-counselling of students for selection.
However, the government may request the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges to accommodate Non-Karnataka students.
The government quota will come down by around 7,144 engineering seats, 400 medical seats and 304 dental seats following the Supreme Court stipulating a 50:50 seat sharing formula between government and college managements. The government today commenced the task of revising the seat matrix for medical, dental and engineering courses based on the fresh seat sharing formula as directed by the apex court.
As per preliminary estimates, the CET Cell will now allot 340 government medical seats, and 1,225 medical seats in unaided colleges. In the dental stream, the CET Cell will conduct the seat selection process for 51 government seats and 985 seats in aided and unaided colleges. In the engineering stream, as many as 930 government seats, 3,185 aided seats and 17,369 seats in unaided colleges will be filled up by the CET Cell. Earlier, as per the 75:25 seat-sharing formula, 1,905 medical, 1,289 dental and 28,613 engineering seats were to be allotted by the CET Cell. Karnataka has 27 medical colleges, 35 dental colleges and 107 engineering colleges.
The revised seat-sharing formula has thrown up a dicey situation for the state government as it faces a problem of accommodating students already given admission in excess of 50 per cent. Most of the students who secured admission under the “extra 25 per cent” belong to the payment seat category.
They have already paid the fee fixed by the government for private colleges where they have been allotted the seats. The question is whether the private college managements will accept these students, as a section of the colleges had declared that they would not admit students selected by CET.
Meanwhile, it has been a harrowing time for students who are aspiring to join professional courses. Students who have already been allotted seats are not sure whether they would secure the same seats during re-counselling.
The seat selection process at the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell for admission to professional colleges has been postponed indefinitely following the Supreme Court issuing a fresh seat sharing formula for government and management seats today.
The seat selection process has been stopped for the time being to avoid further confusion. The seat selection process will have to be conduced afresh and a revised seat matrix notified. However, a final decision would be taken only after studying the full text of the Supreme Court order, the Higher Education Secretary K P Pandey said.
The decision to suspend the seat selection process comes in the wake of the apex court fixing fifty-fifty as the management and the state quota for admission of students in 2003-04 academic session. The formula applies for all unaided private professional colleges irrespective of whether they are in minority or not. Hitherto, 75 per cent of the seats were being filled by the CET Cell in the state, while managements filled the remaining 25 per cent.
CET Cell Special officer D N Nayak said that the new schedule of seat selection process will be notified soon. The new schedule of seat selection process and other details will be notified shortly in this website - www.cetinformation.com
The counseling process may now be delayed by a month.
Situation so far !!
The CET Cell had completed the seat selection process for medical/ dental/ Indian system of medicine and homeopathy courses for both Karnataka and non-karnataka students. Nearly 5,000 engineering seats were filled up. The seat selection process for engineering seats for Karnataka candidates had commenced on August 6.
Confusion prevailed for some time at the CET Cell when it was announced that the seat selection process has been postponed indefinitely. The announcement came at around 4:30 pm when the engineering admission round for Karnataka students was on.
The State Government has notified the draft seat matrix for the first year engineering courses of 2003-04 by fixing totally 38,255 seats which is inclusive of 25 per cent seats to be filled by the unaided private college managements.
As per the gazette notification, the total seats available in the government and aided engineering colleges are 4,260, in unaided non-minority institutions 30,095 seats and in unaided minority institutions 3,900. There are 12 government-aided colleges, 93 private unaided colleges and six private unaided minority colleges in the State. The government is yet to notify the seats available for architecture course.
The Government, which has worked out the seat matrix as per the interim order of the Karnataka High Court, has said that unaided non-minority colleges will be entitled to fill up 25 per cent of the seats by adopting fair and reasonable method of selection process on merit. The remaining 75 per cent of the seats will be filled up by the government through the CET Cell, out of which 25 per cent of the seats are for the reserved category. Forty per cent of the seats will be treated as Karnataka seats and 10 per cent as non-Karnataka seats.
In case of unaided minority institutions, the colleges will be entitled to fill up 50 per cent of the seats by adopting a fair and reasonable selection process based on merit, the remaining 50 per cent of the seats will be filled up by the government through the CET Cell, out of which 25 per cent will be treated as reserved category and another 25 per cent as Karnataka seats.
The government has stated that the intake indicated is purely tentative and subject to finalisation by the All India Council for Technical Education. Those who have any objection, if any, may address it to the Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, MS Building, Bangalore-1. The notification has indicated the seats available in each engineering college under various disciplines.
|FEE STRUCTURES||Govt. Colleges||Merit Seat
Reservation + General Merit
25 % of Total
|Payment Seat (Karnataka +
( 40% + 10 %) of Total
Candidates who select category I seats should pay concessional fees. Candidates who select category II and category III seats have to pay uniform fees. Karnataka candidates belonging to GM, SC, ST, CAT I, 2A,2B,3A,3B categories will be eligible for selecting both category I and category II seats. However, the benefit of fee concession will be given to only those who select category I seats.
The technical committee that looked into the problem has found that key-in mistakes in the printing stages resulted in the confusion. CET Special Officer D N Nayak said here today that the medical rank list had been revised accordingly, and is available here. It will also be available at the examination centres.
When the medical ranks were announced on June 23, with regard to question numbers 14, 16, 29, 41, 49, 55, 56 and 60 of A1 version, the key answers carrying numbers 4, 3, 3, 4, 2, 2, 3 and 1 were applied wrongly.
These mistakes have now been rectified by applying the right key answers namely 3, 4, 4, 3, 1, 3, 2 and 2 respectively with regard to A1 version for the question numbers.
The rectification has been carried out with regard to the remaining 15 versions of the biology paper also.
The expert committee also found that none of the four choices for question number 32 of A1 version was the correct answer. Therefore one grace mark has been awarded to all candidates who appeared for biology paper in respect of all the 16 versions.
Law Minister of Karnataka, D B Chandre Gowda has clearly asked parents and students not to give any credence to the claims made by Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges - COMEDK. (See below article for details on COMEDK)
The universities are not going to approve admissions made by COMEDK. The government will not be responsible for the admissions made skipping the CET route, the minister clarified.
Meanwhile, a prominent engineering institution - Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Tumkur which had earlier become a member of COMEDK, gave a clarification today, that it has withdrawn from COMEDK, and all admissions to the SIT will be through the CET Process as per the proposals of the Government of Karnataka.
CET Counseling on schedule : There will be no delay in commencing counseling for professional courses by the CET Cell despite some private professional college managements quesitoning the government's admission policy in court. Earlier on June 11 private institutions including NITTE and Manjunatha Dental College, Dharwad, and Dharmasthala Engineering College, Dharwad, had filed the petitions. The petitions are slated for hearing today before a divisional bench in the Karnataka High Court. However as these are only a handful of private unaided colleges, and the court has not stayed the government's admission process. So the CET Counseling is expected to be on schedule.
Even as the admission process to professional colleges in Karnataka was understood to have resolved with the fee structure committee finalising the package, as many as 41 like-minded managements of unaided private medical engineering and dental colleges have come together and formed the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges (COMEDK)
The consortium headed by Congress MP R.L. Jalappa with M.R. Jayaram as vice-chairman has formulated its own admission policy for professional colleges.
In a statement here on Friday, the consortium has called for one application single window approach on COMED member institutions which means candidates need not make individual applications to each college.
The government's reaction to this is awaited. It may be noted that earlier there have been announcements that students not admitted through CET (Other than the allotted 25% management quota) will not be considered eligible under the university.
The confusion over the fixation of fee structure for professional courses seems to be drawing to an end as the CET Fee Regulatory Committee today finalised a new fee structure. Private college managements are learnt to have agreed upon the decision but the proposed fee structure will be final only after approval from the Cabinet.
The committee, which was constituted to prepare an agreeable fee structure for professional courses, came out with the new fee structure for engineering, medical and dental colleges after a round of meeting here.
|General Merit + OBC||28%||35,000||20,000||25,000|
|Payment Seats||50%|| 2.65 lakhs
2.95 (with own hosp)
The private college managements are learnt to have agreed to waive a part of the tuition fee to ensure reasonable fee for SC/ST, OBC and general students.
The private college managements will be making the proposed fee structure public tomorrow at a press conference, while the Cabinet sub-committee, headed by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister D B Chandre Gowda, will study the fee structure proposed by the Regulatory Committee and place it before the Cabinet for approval.
The Karnataka Private Dental Colleges Association today said the State government should share the burden of fees with private managements of medical/dental colleges by subsidising up to 50 per cent per seat for students under government quota.
This will be a viable option instead of announcing separate fee structure for government quota (or free seat category), which will go against the Supreme Court direction on uniform fee structure, association President L K Raju told reporters here today.
Categorisation of seats into government and non-government itself goes against the Supreme Court judgement as seats actually belong to the institution concerned, not the government. Instead of announcing separate fee structures, the government and private managements can share the burden by subsidising cost of seats up to 50 per cent, which will again be borne by both sides equally, he said.
What this means is that if a seat costs Rs 1 lakh and the college charges Rs 50,000 for a student under government quota, the college management and State Government should bear Rs 25,000 each to fill up the deficit on that seat.
Mr Raju clarified that there was no dissent on the issue of seat sharing, which is 75:25 for Government and management seats. Of the government seats, 50 per cent has been set aside for free seats, 15 per cent for NRIs and 10 per cent for non-Karnataka students.
While the 50 per cent free seats will be charged a minimum fee, the remaining 25 per cent will be charged the actual fee. The association is of the view that the deficit in the fees for the free seats should be borne equally by the government and college managements.
Otherwise, one half of the students will be penalised as they will have to bear the cost of education for the other half of students under the free seat category, he stated.
After the Central Government's guidelines of having an uniform fee structure, a committee has been formed by the government with representatives from the college managements to finalise a fee structure.
Sources said significant changes could be expected in the fee structure.
The Centre has finalised broad guidelines on the admission of students in private medical and dental colleges according to which colleges have to admit at least 75 per cent of the students through the common entrance test (CET). Moreover, private colleges have to maintain a uniform fee structure for all categories of students in the college thereby ruling out extra fees for students admitted through management quota.
The guidelines prepared by the Union Health Ministry on the request of states and universities will be formally dispatched to state health secretaries and universities on Monday, according to Health Ministry officials. The guidelines will provide Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala — where a large number of private medical colleges exist — an instrument to negotiate better with the private medical colleges, they said.
India currently has 206 medical colleges (120 government and 86 private colleges) and 163 dental colleges (30 government and 133 private colleges). Karnataka has 30 medical colleges out of which only four are government colleges and 41 dental colleges of which 40 lies in the private sector. As per the new guidelines, at least 75 per cent of seats in unaided medical and dental colleges have to be filled by students who have cleared the common entrance test conducted by the states. The number of seats, which the college management can fill through their own selection process, should not exceed 25 per cent of the total seats.
Among the seats filled through the CET — qualified candidates, certain percentage of seats as determined by the state for each college, shall be filled up by the state government through its own counselling. The college management is permitted to fill the rest of the seats through its own counselling. Among the seats filled up by the states, a certain number of seats may be allotted to candidates from the poor and weaker sections of the society as per the merit of the candidate in the CET.
The proposed seat distribution will be in four categories with broadly 25 per cent seats in each category. The categories are: seats filled by the state as per the general merit in CET; seats filled by the state as per merit from students from poor and backward classes; seats filled by the management through its own counselling from students who have passed the CET; and seats filled by the management through its own way of selection.
However, the 25 per cent limit is not rigid for all categories and can be changed depending on the college and situation in a particular year. The fee should be same for all students irrespective of the category in a particular college. The fee structure will be decided by a state-level Standing Committee on Fee structure. However, the Centre will urge states to club colleges from certain localities like rural, semi-urban or urban and recommend a uniform fee structure for all new students in colleges belonging to that category. Once finalised, the fee structure shall be in place for at least three years. The officials said the new guidelines will not influence the existing students and will be applicable to new students only.
The states and universities had requested the Centre in March to prepare such a guideline since a Supreme Court judgement in October 2002 had somewhat compounded problems related to admissions.
The Karnataka government has notified draft rules in a gazette stipulating that all students to professional courses in the State have to be selected through the CET Cell barring the management quota of 25 per cent in unaided private colleges and all admissions made by colleges should be approved by the university concerned.
While giving 15 days from April 26 to file objections/suggestions regarding the draft rules, the government has not made changes in either admission policy or fee structure which it had indicated last week. The government has also set aside the demand by the unaided private colleges to run the CET Cell as an autonomous body.
The government has also reduced the minimum percentage of marks to thirtyfive for admission to engineering courses as directed by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The requirement is 50 % for medical, dental, ISM, homoeopathy and architecture courses and in the case of students belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes and Category I, it is 40 %.
Pvt colleges plan to file objection
A private colleges consortium which consists of about 31 engineering colleges, 14 medical colleges and 22 dental colleges has decided to rebel against the government decision of filling in 75% of seats through CET, and has decided to fill in none of their seats throught CET.
Private colleges consortium :
|TO BE FILLED BY||SECTION||FEES|
|Government Merit Seats (thru CET)||50%||Same as before|
|Payment Karnataka (thru CET)||15%||Same as before|
|Payment Non-Karnataka (thru CET)||10%||Rs.2.07lakhs(M)*, Rs.1.47lakhs(D)*, Rs. 75590(E)*|
|Management Quota Seats||25%||Fixed by college|
The Karnataka cabinet on Tuesday announced the seat matrix and fee structure for admissions to professional colleges by retaining 75% of seats to be filled through the CET and allowing private institutions managements for the remainder of 25% seats.
The cabinet’s CET package rejects the one announced by the managements on April 19. They had demanded a lion’s share of 75% to be filled according to their prescribed fee structure with the government share being 25%. With the government announcing its formula on seat-sharing and fee structure as recommended by the cabinet subcommittee headed by law minister Chandre Gowda, a showdown between the government and the managements is imminent. Private colleges managements said they would challenge the GO on CET to be issued shortly and are meeting in Bangalore on April 24 to chalk out their strategy.
Gowda told reporters that the government had increased the fee for non-Karnataka quota seats. There is no change in the fee structure for the government and Karnataka payment quotas. “We will issue a GO to this effect soon. The management quota seats has been increased from 15% to 25%. They subsidised all category of seats with the earlier 15 % seats and now they should not have any problem doing so with 25% seats,’’ Gowda maintained. On the managements’ move to challenge the GO, Gowda said: “The government is prepared to face any eventuality.
The GO will be issued under the 1997 Karnataka Professional Colleges Admission Rules, formulated under the Karnataka Prevention of Capitation Fee Act. The SC has not nullified the Act and so the rules are still relevant.’’ Minority institutions: Gowda said the linguistic minority institutions have been asked to follow the admission pattern in respect of unaided private colleges — 50% government quota, 15%payment Karnataka quota, 10% payment non-Karnataka quota and 25% management quota.
For religious minority institutions, 25 % seats are to be filled by the government on the basis of merit-cum-reservation, 25 % by government on the basis of merit-cum-reservation from Karnataka candidates, 25 % by managements from the candidates selected by CET and belonging to religious minorities on merit basis, 25 % seats to be filled by management on payment basis, ensuring that 10 % is given to minority community with the same fee structure.
Ahead of the Karnataka cabinet meeting on April 22 where a final decision to resolve the CET imbroglio is to be taken, private professional college managements upstaged the state government’s move by announcing the seats’ quota and fee structure. The managements have stuck to their stand to part with only 25 per cent of the seats in engineering, medical and dental courses to meritorious students and weaker sections through CET. The annual fee for students under government quota for medical, dental and engineering courses will be Rs 50,000, Rs 40,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
College Managements : We have proposed a ceiling of Rs 3 lakh per seat for medical, Rs 2 lakh for dental and Rs 60,000 for engineering as fees to be collected by private unaided professional colleges. We advise students to go ahead with preparations for the CET. Irrespective of outcome of the Cabinet’s decision, admissions will be held and we ask students to bear the cost of education that colleges will charge within the ceiling. We promise that no other development funds will be asked.”The managements have also promised to abide by the Medical Council of India directive to complete admissions by July 31, failing which, students who are admitted later will have to pay a fine of Rs 15,000 to the MCI.
Basically, following is the proposal by the college managements :
|Category||Allotment||Ceiling on fees|
Rs. 3 lakhs
Rs. 3 lakhs
Rs. 2 lakhs
Rs. 2 lakhs
The final round of talks between members of the cabinet sub-committee and private unaided medical/dental college managements held today, failed to resolve the CET imbroglio. The sub-committee has decided to submit its report on seat sharing and fee structure to the State Cabinet on April 22. Despite hectic parleys to resolve the issue, both sides were unwilling to climb down from their stands. While the private unaided college managements reiterated their willingness to part with only 25 per cent of the seats to the State Government, the sub-committee continued to demand for 50 per cent of the seats.
College Mangement : “We are willing to give them 100 per cent of the seats, provided they (the Government) can bear the recurring expenditure of approximately Rs 2.72 lakh per medical seat per annum. We are also spending Rs 60-crore on providing infrastructure to the students. Hence, we are agreeable to part with only 25 per cent seats as a social justice gesture. If we give more than that, other students will have to cough up about Rs 5 lakh per annum, which no one can afford."
Sub-Committee/Govt : “The talks have not been successful, but we have not closed the door on dialogue. We have conducted four meetings previously keeping in mind our Constitutional duties and the aim of providing social justice to economically and socially backward sections. The committee will present its report before the Cabinet on April 22 and will abide by the Cabinet decision. The NRI quota for seats continues. Also govt. to go ahead with the CET next month-end.
The stalemate over the Common Entrance Test (CET) seat sharing seems to be coming to an end, with the private unaided professional college managements today agreeing in principle to part with 50 per cent seats to the Government in private engineering colleges. However, there was no consensus on seat sharing in medical and dental courses.
After a marathon four-hour meeting at the official residence of Karnataka Law Minister D B Chandre Gowda, who is heading a Cabinet Sub-Committee on CET, the managements decided to allow 50 per cent of the engineering seats to be allotted through CET.
The much awaited decision on sharing of seats and fee structure for admission to private professional courses through CET in the state was further delayed with the Karnataka State Cabinet favouring one more round of dialogue with the private college managements. This will be the third such dialogue, with earlier ones failing to lead to any result. Thus, the anxious wait of the students continue.
The State Cabinet is likely to finalise a seat-sharing formula and fee structure for admissions to private professional colleges when it meets on April 1. The recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, which was constituted to solve the problem, will be placed before the cabinet on that day. The six-member committee after three meetings is said to have finalised the admission policy and the fee structure for admission to engineering, medical and dental courses.
A 7-member Cabinet sub-committee will decide on the fee structure and seat sharing for admission to professional colleges through the CET and submit a report within the next 3 days. The Cabinet decided that suitable rules or directions could be issued to ensure that those students selected through the CET would not encounter any difficulties during admissions. Based on the recommendations of the sub-committee, the government is willing to amend the Karnataka Education Act and the Capitation Fee Abolition Act to safeguard the interests of the meritorious students and ensure that social justice is protected.
Earlier floor leaders in the Karnataka assembly demanded a 75:25 formula for govt & management seats, and also that all seats be filled through CET including management seats. Although this seems to be a far-fetched hope, the final decision on the fee structre and complete seat sharing is expected to arrive soon to end a confusion that has been created till now.
The Karnataka State Government is in a piquant situation with private engineering and medical college managements in Karnataka still refusing to provide 50 per cent of the seats to the government.
The private managements have offered to part with 20 to 25 per cent of the seats in MBBS/BDS courses. However, some private engineering colleges are flexible over the seat quota and are ready to offer 50 per cent of the seats as desired by the government.
The high-level committee headed by the additional chief secretary in its report had suggested that private managements should surrender at least 50 per cent of seats for the government quota. These seats should be offered at one-third of the fees charged for management seats.
The managements, which have worked out a scheme on the fee structure and seat-sharing, today submitted their draft proposal to the government.
Speaking to Deccan Herald after holding an informal meeting with the representatives of the managements, Higher Education Minister G Parameshwara said the managements were offering only 20 to 25 per cent of seats in the medical category and 30 to 40 per cent in the engineering category, to the government. “The language of government and managements is different. The managements are not in a mood to budge especially when it comes to medical seats. We will take legal opinion to solve the imbroglio,” he added.
Asked how the government would protect the interests of merit students with private colleges refusing to surrender 50 per cent of the seats, the minister said: “We are doing our best to protect the interest of merit students. It would be a wasteful exercise to file a review petition before the Supreme Court. But we are not averse to this. The human resources department has convened an emergency meeting of the officers of CET Cells of all states, in Delhi tomorrow. Hope the Centre would find a solution. We wish that Parliament would enact legislation to protect the interest of poor meritorious students.” He said the government may issue an order reserving 50 per cent of the seats as government quota for the ensuing academic year.
The CET has been scheduled to be on May 16,17 as the governement of Karnataka announced that it was confident of solving the seat sharing issue by the second or third week of February. However there has been no news about when the CET forms will be available.
The higher education minister also announced that the managements have agreed to part with 50% of the total seats to the government to be allocated through the CET. However the fee structure was yet to be worked out. The minister said that a sum of Rs.8-12 lakhs was spent per student in a government medical college and Rs.3-4 lakhs on an engineering student. So the fee structure may be worked out keeping the cost of education in mind.
INTENSIVE bargaining is likely in the next few weeks between private managements and the government with regard to sharing of seats in unaided professional colleges, as the crucial meeting to finalise the admission policy and fee structure convened by the government with representative of professional colleges failed to arrive at any consensus today.
Three separate meetings were held with representatives of medical/dental, engineering and BEd colleges through the day during which the government placed before them the recommendations of the high-level committee that the quota of government in unaided institutions should be 50 per cent in each course and the remaining be management quota.
Briefing reporters after the meetings, Karnataka Higher Education Minister G Parameshwara said that while the response of the managements had been positive, they had sought time till month end to submit a scheme.
Dr Parameshwara said that while engineering colleges had offered to provide 20 per cent of seats, there was no assurance from medical, dental, nursing and BEd colleges, but they had assured the Government that they would surrender a certain amount of seats for poor and meritorious students.
All the college managements had urged the Government to fix the fee structure taking into account the cost of running the institutions, he said. The government has convened the meetings with the management in the light of the October 31, 2002 Supreme Court’s order which curtained powers of the government in matter of admission, administration and fee fixation in respect of private unaided and minority colleges.
Revealing the recommendation of high-level committee headed by the additional chief secretary constituted by the government to study the implications of the Supreme Court judgement, Dr Parameshwara said the committee had recommended that the 50 per cent seats in private unaided institutions should be filled through the CET Cell. These seats should be offered at one-third of the fees charged for management seats. The break-up of the government quota is as follows: SC: 15 per cent; ST: 3; OBC: 29 and GM: 3.
Half of the management quota, the committee recommends, should be filled on merit basis based on the marks scored in the CET and for the remaining seats, the colleges either could have their own test for selection or seek CET Cell help. The committee has also recommended that unaided colleges should extend sops like freeships to the extent of two-third of its management seats.
In unaided colleges run by linguistic minorities, the government quota be 50 per cent and the management’s 50 per cent and of this 25 per cent of the seats shall be given to Karnataka students only. Religious minority unaided colleges shall surrender 25 per cent of its seats and the remaining 75 per cent be filled by students belonging to minorities.
The committee has suggested that government colleges be allowed to charge development fee and universities should put in place a regulatory mechanism to regulate capitation fee levy in private colleges.
The high power committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary which was constituted to look into the implications of the Supreme Court’s judgment on admission policy to be adopted by minority and unaided institutions, has recommended to the government to regulate the admission process to professional colleges run by these institutions through Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and Visvesvaraya Technology University.
The committee has recommended that the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell not be wound up.
CET still favoured
The committee is going to place its policy paper on the issue at a meeting tomorrow convened by the Higher Education and Law Departments to discuss the far reaching implications of the apex court’s verdict, with representatives of the private engineering and medical college managements. The meeting, to be held at Vidhana Soudha, will chaired by Higher Education Minister G Parameshwara and Law Minister D B Chandre Gowda.
The high power committee, in its four-page report, has suggested that the government can regulate fee structure through appropriate machinery to ensure that no capitation fee is collected and there is no profiteering motive.
The panel has said that the CET Cell has to continue as a sizeable number of seats, including those in government and aided colleges will continue to fall under the purview of the government.
However, the panel has pointed out that the government has minimal role to play in fixing the fee structure to be adopted by private professional colleges. Still, the government should ensure that private colleges adopt a rational fee structure as directed by the Supreme Court.
The panel has also opined that in accordance with the apex court’s order, the government and aided colleges could be allowed to increase fee marginally as this would desist the managements from increasing the fee for payment category.
The policy paper also suggested the government to explore the possibility of enacting a piece of legislation, which can stand the scrutiny of judiciary, to regulate the fee structure to be adopted by private colleges.
Dr Parameshwara said the government would be eliciting opinions from private managements to implement the court order without sacrificing the interest of meritorious poor students.
He said though the government has no direct power to control the admission by private colleges it can regulate. “The government can always withdraw the affiliation to a college if it is found collecting huge fee or deny admission to students allotted by the CET Cell in merit category,” he pointed out.
The minister also said many private colleges established recently are favouring the CET Cell to continue the counselling process as they have apprehension that students may not like to join their colleges.
There are many well established reputed private colleges. And, these colleges even with the court’s permission, may not collect increased fee to attract meritorious students.
In such situation if newly opened colleges in backward areas increase the fee, then students may not opt for such institutions. “So, certain private colleges are in favour the CET Cell to monitor the admission process because there will continue to get students,” he pointed out.
The minister said the State may pressure the Centre to generate a debate in Parliament on the issue and enact suitable legislation to rationalise the fee structure and admission norms.
Courtsey : Deccan Herald
CET still favoured
The Karnataka Higher Education Minister announced on the last day of the year that the CET will be held this year too to ensure social equality and merit in admissions to professional colleges. A meeting of representatives of private professional colleges will be convened on January 9 to ensure this. Exactly how many seats would be allocated through the CET would be known only then.
This is indeed good news for middle class meritorious students, who otherwise would be at the whim of private colleges for their admissions.
The Karnataka state government has constituted a committee to study the potential for professional engineering colleges for the next 10 years and a decision on restricting the number of colleges will be taken based on the observations made by the committee.
This current academic year has nearly 8500 engineering seats lying vacant, 6000 being government seats, while 2500 being management quota seats. Majority of them are from the civil and electrical engineering branches.
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If the Supreme Court recent verdict on the admission norms stands as it is, the CET Cell may loose its significance completely. The apex court verdict was that minority institutions which do not get grants from the government need not have free and payment seats. As a results, from next year, the CET Cell will be entitled for making admissions to only governement & aided colleges, i.e. to only 16 engineering colleges, 4 medical and 1 dental college. Of the 107 engg colleges and 28 medical colleges, 15 and 10 colleges belong to religious/linguistic minority respectively. Of the 35 dental colleges, five belong to religious minority and four belong to linguistic minority. At present there are nearly 40,000 engg seats, 2,800 medical seats 2,500 dental seats.
This move may result in only students belong to the reserved category and those who are rich being able to get seats, and not meritorious middle-class students, the higher education minister was quoted as saying.
Karnataka Chief Minister, S M Krishna announced a major policy overhaul as regards government permitting setting up of new professional colleges in the State. He said the government will be quite liberal in permitting new engineering and medical colleges by private initiatives, especially religious and philanthropic institutions, provided there is no dilution of quality of education inculcated.
But the question remains, especially in engineering, arent there enough colleges already. With thousands of seats remaining vacant in the just concluded CET 2002, what is the point in increasing so many colleges every year. Plus the quality of education is bound to drop, with good lecturers in short supply.
The colleges which have been approved are :-
A J Institute of Medical Science, Mangalore
Vaidehi Institute of Medical and Research Centre, Bangalore
K S Hegde Medical College
50 seats have been sanctioned in each of these college. Also 50 seats have been enhanced in Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli and 15 seats in Rajarajeshwari Dental College, Bangalore.
Last seat selected by non-Karnataka students in medical/dental admission rounds -
Medical - 826
Dental - 2008.
Earlier, the government had fixed the quota of seats for semester scheme students at 10 per cent. However, this had led to resentment among the semester scheme students and had even resulted in postponement of the seat selection process at the CET Cell during the first week of August.
The seat selection process for diploma quota will now be held after September 23 following the completion of seat selection process for admissions to medical and dental courses at the CET Cell.
The CET Cell has decided to make the casual vacancy round for both medical/ dental and engineering more flexible by allowing students who have chosen a free engineering seat to participate in this round.
In other words if a students selects a free engineering seat in the admission round and finds that a “better” free seat is available in the casual vacancy round, the candidate can surrender the earlier seat and opt for new seat. This provision was not available during the previous years. However, candidates who select medical/dental seats in the admission round will not be eligible to participate in the engineering casual vacancy round
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell today rescheduled the admission round of medical/ dental seat selection process for Karnataka candidates in anticipation of an increase in the intake of medical seats this year.
The medical/dental admission round will now commence from September 13 instead of August 31. The engineering admission round would commence as scheduled. The decision also comes in the wake of complaints from students and parents that conducting the engineering and medical admission simultaneously would lead to confusion during the seat selection process.
The CET Cell in a bid to cut short the number of days of the counselling process had decided to conduct the admission round for both engineering and medical seats simultaneously from this year. However, as per this process those who choose an engineering seat in the admission round would be denied of an opportunity to select a medical seat.
Students and parents felt that with the medical and dental seat matrix yet to be finalised (Medical Council of India (MCI) is yet to finalise the intake in five colleges and approve two new colleges, while Dental Council India (DCI) is yet to finalise the intake in five dental colleges), they would be in a dilemma while selecting the seats. More than 300 medical seats are likely to be added to the medical seat matrix soon.
The medical/dental admission round will now commence from September 13 and will go on till September 20.
A student can now select a engineering seat in the admission round and surrender the same if he or she opt for a medical /dental seat in the round. The process would ensure more flexibity for the student in the selecting seats.
NON-KARNATAKA Counselling : The dates of seat selection in respect of non-Karnataka quota medical and dental round (September 11) and non-Karnataka quota engineering admission round (September 13 to 21) remains unchanged.
The counselling process for diploma students for direct entry into the third semester of engineering courses, scheduled to commence at the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell from today, has been indefinitely postponed following objections by a section of the students against the government releasing two separate seat matrices for admissions.
The counselling process scheduled for August 11 and 13 has also been postponed. The new dates will be notified shortly.
Trouble started early in the morning with some students objecting to the preparation of two seat matrices, one for students who completed diploma under the semester scheme and the other for those under the annual scheme. The matrices provided for 90 per cent of the seats for students under the annual scheme and the rest for those under the semester scheme.
Since only 8 colleges in the entire state offer semester scheme for diploma, while over 100 polytechnics offer courses under the annual scheme, this 90%-10% matrix was developed. However, semester students vociferously objected to a separate seat matrix for annual scheme students claiming that it would cut into their share and demanded that a common seat matrix be released for all students.Five per cent of the engineering seats in the state are earmarked for diploma holders. Direct entry for diploma students for admission to third semester engineering courses was allowed from last year.
Meanwhile, the Kannada Development Authority has taken serious exception to this decision, and wants a Kannada paper to be made mandatory for all engineering students. In an earlier report they have recommended that students from the State should study "Cultural Kannada" which should include chapters on the heritage of state, and non-Karnataka students opt for "Practical Kannada" which would provide them a working knowledge of Kannada.
The University would permit a few affiliated engineering colleges to start the course from this academic year after getting approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). So far, 27 engineering colleges have applied for permission to start biotechnology course at the undergraduate level and the University has already given no objection certificates to these colleges.
The four-year BE in Biotechnology will be an inter-disciplinary course with a good blend of basic engineering courses and life science subjects.
Eligibility criteria: The candidates should have scored a minimum 50 per cent of marks in PCM subject of PUC with biology as a subject. Even those candidates who have not studied biology in PUC can opt for the course, but they should pass a bridge course in biology before the completion of their first year.
Explaining the rationale behind starting such a course in engineering stream, Dr Reddy, VTU Vice Chancellor said ‘With many biotech industries and bio-informatics companies based in Karnataka, it is expected that the demand for qualified biotech graduates will be on the rise.’’ Further, the move is in tune with one of the objectives of the Millennium Biotech Policy - to provide specific infrastructure as well as enhance human resources for the development of biotechnology, he said.
The first three days involve seat selection process for candidates who have sought admissions under the special category quota. Accordingly candidates seeking admission under the physically handicapped quota will undergo counselling today. Counselling for candidates under the general category will start from June 24. According to the preliminary seat selection process, the total number of seats for medicine is 2,245, dental 1,839 and engineering 36,740.
The seven new engg colleges are :
One medical college too has been approved :
The CET Cell has advanced the Kannada language test for 'Horanadu Kannadigas' claiming Karnataka quota under the clauses 7(c) and 7(d) to May 10, Friday at 5:30 pm at the premises of the CET Cell. This was done as a precautionary measure in the wake of the State-Wide bundh call given by the BJP. Around 900 students are expected to take the test. However a few students who have appeared for CET-2002 in centres outside Bangalore will be intimated about the date and time of the Kannada test to their home address individually, and they need not take the test on May 10.
VTU Fair extended. The VTU Educational Fair - 2002 has been extended by a day till May 12, in view of public demand and inconvenience that may arise due to the call for state wide bundh on May 11. However, for those who miss it, look for a full-fledged report on this site.
With just a few days to go for the Common Entrance Test (CET), Karnataka State Tourism Devel-opment Corporation (KSTDC) is gearing up to do a repeat performance of its much appreciated initiatives launched last year of catering to the accommodation and transport needs of thousands of non-Karnataka students who will be here to appear for the test.
Though the examination centres are spread throughout the State, a majority of non-Karnataka applicants opt for Bangalore centres. This year too no less than 60,000 candidates will be descending in Bangalore to write the CET scheduled for May 9 and 10. KSTDC had won many a laurels for being a ‘’perfect host’’ last year.
CET Cell had despatched KSTDC information brochure regarding the service offered along with the application forms to all the non-Karnataka who had applied to take the CET.
Hundreds of students had evinced interest in the packages offered by the corporation. More are expected to respond during the next couple of days. ‘’Meanwhile, we are in the process of identifying hotels for providing accommodation of the students who will opt our package. Those on a tight budget can also opt to stay in hostels and dormitories at very economical charges. The list and our other preparations will be finalised by Monday,” they added.
Help desks are also being opened at railway stations/ airport to greet the aspiring professionals the moment their disembark to guide them to their destinations. Courtesy KSTDC, all the visitors will be provided a City map, indicating the route of all the 169 examination centres in Bangalore.
The KSTDC is also taking into account the possibility of some of the outstation students, most of whom will be accompanied by their parents, going on its special tour package, the sources added.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell will open special 24-hour counters on May 7 and 8 at its premises in Malleswaram to attend to any grievances regarding admission tickets and also to clear doubts, clarifications or problems faced by the students who are appearing for the CET scheduled for May 9 and 10.
The process of dispatching the admission tickets had been completed. Work is in full swing to ensure that the examinations are conducted smoothly without any hitches.
The 24-hour special counters will be kept open a day before and on the eve of the CET to lend out a helping hand to students and address grievances if any, the officials said.
A record 1.54 lakh students have applied for CET this year. As many as 60,000 candidates are from outside the State. Of the 317 examination centres, 169 are in Bangalore alone where 86,000 students will take the test.
SPECIAL SECURITY: Meanwhile, arrangements have been made to deploy special police squads in plainclothes outside examination centres and lodges to prevent rumour mongers and to root out the menace of touts during CET exams.
A meeting between CET Cell officials and the top police brass was held today. CET Cell officials said that the police have assured their full co-operation to provide special security at lodges and examination centres to nab those involved in spreading rumours on question paper leak.
Touts usually target non-Karnataka students luring them and taking them for a ride by spreading rumours on question paper leak. Last year, two persons were caught selling fake CET question papers. “We have asked for special security outside lodges as this is where most of the outside the State students stay’’, the officials said.
VTU FAIR: Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing for the four-day VTU education fair-2002 slated to be held to coincide with CET-2002 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath on Kumara Krupa Road between May 8 and 11.
According to VTU officials, as many as 70 engineering colleges from all over the State have booked stalls at the fair. The fair will provide an opportunity for students to interact with the representatives of these colleges, clear their doubts and also obtain first hand information regarding the colleges they are interested in, the officials said.
The results are not yet available on the net as of now(evening of 22/4/02), but will be available soon at www.vtu.ac.in
The results are not yet available on the net as of now, but will be available soon at www.vtu.ac.in
The CET Cell has already started despatching admission tickets to non-Karnataka candidates. For Karnataka cadidates, colleges will distribute admission tickets from April 25.
The foolproof measures pertain to the introduction of telephone numbers of candidates and the examination centre in the examination tickets. This in addition to the postal address and other details printed on the ticket. The tickets will also contain the exam centre address, its phone number and a landmark to help candidates reach the venue. Another feature introduced this year is the scanned photograph of the candidate on the admission ticket, thus preventing impersonation.
For a Common Entrance Test (CET) aspirant, choosing the right engineering college and course during admission time can be a more difficult task than getting through the entrance test itself.
Which college? Is it well equipped? Which branch? Does the place have hostel and other facilities? Is the environment conducive to student life or does it hold too many distractions? These and many more questions plague the minds of doting parents and their eager wards at the time of seat selection. And the final choice is no easy job with a spread of more than 100 engineering colleges in the state, offering a variety of branches of study.
Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), to which all engineering colleges in the state are affiliated to, has now come to the rescue of the budding engineering aspirants by planning to bring representatives of all the engineering colleges on a common platform.
The four-day VTU Education Fair - 2002, slated to be held to coincide with CET-2002 in Bangalore, will provide students an opportunity to interact with representatives of all the 100 engineering colleges, clear their doubts and queries and also obtain first hand information regarding the colleges they are interested in.
The fair scheduled to be held at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat on Kumara Krupa Road here, between May 8 and 11, has been timed to also cater to the 60,000 candidates from outside the state who will be arriving in Bangalore to take the CET slated for May 9 and 10.
‘’Our experience is that students tend to flounder during admission time and unwittingly make a wrong choice of course and college, which they later repent. The fair will provide an opportunity for them to know more about the college they wish to seek admission, about the various programmes offered by colleges across the state, about the faculty and infrastructure and so on’’, VTU Vice-Chancellor K Balaveera Reddy said.
‘’We have timed the fair to coincide with the CET so that those from outside Karnataka are also benefitted. As many as 64,000 students will be descending in Bangalore to write the CET. Besides as many as 22,000 students from different parts of Karnataka have also chosen Bangalore to take the test’’, Dr Reddy said.
CD: VTU will also bring out a CD packed with a audio-video presentation by colleges regarding the courses offered and facilities available. A five-minute ‘’walk-through’’ presentation made by different colleges will also be available in the CD-format, Dr Reddy said.
INFORMATION BULLETIN: Those who cannot afford the CD can take home the economy edition of the colourful ‘’Information Bulletin‘’ packed with detailed information on all colleges, the facilities available, information on hostels, and also profile of the institution and its working since inception.
Courtsey : Deccan Herald.
Get the results online now at www.vtu.ac.in
The government in a bid to improve quality of infrastructre in all engineering colleges is contemplating to make assessment and accredition by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAC) mandatory for all colleges.
Meanwhile the evaluation of answer scripts of the III and V Semester engg examination conducted by the VTU is still in process and will be completed soon. The date of announcement of the results will be conveyed in a few days.
A total number of 28,145 engineering seats would be offered to students through the CET Cell this year. As of today, there are 103 engineering colleges in the state, including two evening colleges.
The number of medical seats which will be available this year is 2,182 as against 1,962 last year. The number of dental seats, however, have come down to 1,546 from 1,631 seats offered last year. No new medical or dental college is being approved this year.
This year will see a 15-day reduction in the number of allotment days because of a modification in the seat selection process. According to the modified system, the engineering seat selection process will be held first followed by medical/dental selection in the preliminary round. Engineering and medical/dental seat selection process will be held simultaneously in the admission round. By holding the admission round simultaneously, the CET Cell hopes to cut short the duration of the selection process. From next year it plans to have only admission round for non-Karnataka candidates as they would have chosen their area of specialisation in PUC itself.
The seat selection process will be held from June 18 to September 21.
CET Cell Special Officer B.S. Ramaprasad said the 15 per cent reservation for rural candidates would continue this year too which provides reservation for candidates who have studied for 10 full academic years from I to X standards in educational institutions situated in places with less than 10,000 population in accordance with a government order issued on February 1, 2002.
Similarly, 5 per cent of free seats have been reserved for candidates who have studied ten full academic years in Kannada medium from I to X standard in educational institutions in Karnataka.
Courtsey : Times of India.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) Committee has decided to reduce the duration of the CET seat selection process from four months to three-and-half months this year by conducting the admission round for medical and engineering seats simultaneously in a bid to further streamline the process. The committee headed by Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Vice-Chancellor K Balaveera Reddy has also suggested that the engineering seat selection process be held at the preliminary round ahead of the medical seat selection process.
Hitherto, the seat selection process at CET Cell was held in four stages.
The preliminary round for medical/dental seats was held first, followed by the preliminary round for engineering seats. These were followed by the admission round, for medical/dental followed by engineering seats. The process took four months to complete.
In the modified system coming into effect from this year, the two round system has been retained, however, the admission round for medical/dental and engineering seats will be held simultaneously.
The long drawn seat selection process has been a cause for concern for the CET Cell and there have been persistent demands from students, parents, and various managements to cut short the selection process so as to facilitate early commencement of classes for first semester professional courses, CET Special Officer Ramaprasad told reporters here today.
“By holding the admission round simultaneously for both medical/dental and engineering disciplines, the duration of the seat selection process can be cut short by 15 days,’’ he said. Conducting the preliminary round of engineering seat selection process ahead of medical/dental seat selection process will put to rest anxiety among a large number of students desirous of selecting an engineering seat. “They will not have to wait till the completion of the seat selection process for medical/dental seats,’’ he said. Mr Ramaprasad said by initiating the changes the candidates will continue to have an opportunity to select seats in both the disciplines in the preliminary round and they will come to know their standing and relative positions at the preliminary round itself.
As the admission round for medical/dental and engineering seats will be held simultaneously the candidates will have to make up their minds regarding the discipline (medical, dental or engineering) before they register themselves during the admission round. However, the candidates will be free to change their college and branch in the respective discipline during the admission round.
“For example a candidate who has selected a payment mechanical seat in a particular college can opt for a free electronics seat in another college of his choice, if available when his turn comes. However, in the admission round he cannot opt for a medical seat once he selects an engineering seat,’’ Mr Ramaprasad explained.
Courtsey : Deccan Herald.
Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) today ruled out postponement of examination and also bringing about any relaxation in the existing norms of the carry over system for engineering students. Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference, VTU Vice-Chancellor K Balaveera Reddy said the varsity will go ahead with the examination on schedule from January 16.
A section of engineering students have threatened to launch a state-wide agitation if their demands, which includes postponement of exams and relaxation in the carry over system, are not met. The vice-chancellor said postponing the examination schedule is ruled out as the academic year commenced on schedule from September 24.
“The requisite 16 weeks of academic work for each semester have been completed. If we postpone the examination now, the entire calender of events for the academic year will be affected’’, he pointed out.Dr Reddy said that nearly eight lakh answer scripts need to be evaluated in three weeks time. “If we postpone the examination now, the entire process will go haywire. We cannot put thousands of students into inconvenience by succumbing to the threats of a few students’’ he said. Practical examination will be held on schedule from January 16 and theory exams from February 4.
The vice-chancellor also ruled out any change in the carry over system saying it was practically impossible to set the time-table if the existing system is relaxed.
Presently, VTU students can carry over a maximum of four subjects of their first two semesters to the third semester. For eligibility to the fifth semester they will have to clear all the subjects of first two semesters. Similarly, they will have to clear all the subjects of the third and fourth semesters for eligibility to seventh semester.
At no stage can a student have more than four subjects of the previous year as back log.
However, a section of fourth semester engineering students have been complaining that they “unnecessarily’’ would be losing one academic year, because of the present rules. Their argument is students who have to complete just one subject due to some unavoidable reason in the first semester cannot enter the fifth semester.
However, Dr Reddy brushed aside any relaxation of the rules.
“One side there is a demand for quality education and on the other there are these demands to relax the carry over regulations.
The present regulations were arrived at only after much delibrations’’, he said. “As it is each student has to take six subjects per semester, if we relax the regulations the students will find it very difficult to prepare for the examination. Besides, it will be difficult to prepare the timetable every semester and ensure that subjects do not clash’’, he said.
Courtsey : Deccan Herald.
The Karnataka II Pre-University examination will be held from April 2. The timetable was finalised after discussing the objections filed for the proposed timetable issued on Dec 4.
The Karntaka PU timetable is :-
April 2 Chemistry and Education-I
April 3 English
April 4 Economics
April 5 Physics, Karnataka & Hindustani music
April 6 Geography and Home Science
April 8 Business Studies and Political Science and Banking
April 9 Maths, Business Maths
April 10 Language papers
April 11 Biology Part - I, Sociology
April 12 Computer Science, History
April 15 Biology Part-II, Accountancy, Education-II
April 16 Logic, Geology, Electronics, Rural Dev, Factory Org, Marketing
April 17 Psychology, optional Kannada, Statistics
April 18 Hindi, Telgu, Urdu, Sanskrit
Dr Parameshwara, however, ruled out the state government arranging a separate admission round for these students through the CET Cell for filling up the unfilled seats.
He ruled out allowing students who had passed the second year pre-university from being the unfilled seats to students. Karnataka, he said, was far better placed, noting that, in Tamil Nadu, 20,000 engineering seats were yet to be filled.
Courtsey : Deccan Herald.
The results of all colleges are available on www.karnatakainformation.org
In addition, the special admission, which will go on till October 16, will also offer 1,543 seats left unfilled after the completion of the earlier admission round and 356 seats made available after the sanction of two engineering colleges and enhancement of seats in a few colleges. Earlier, the 1,668 seats (5 per cent of the total intake) were reserved for diploma holders as they had to avail admissions to the first year BE.
However, with the government deciding to permit direct admission to second year engineering for diploma holders recently (during the conclusive stages of the admission process) these seats would have otherwise remained unfilled. According to the notification, as many as 140 seats are available at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology (71 free and 27 payment) following approval by the All India Council for Technical Education. The additional seats also includes 118 seats at the Bangalore College of Engineering, Chandapur.
The government has permitted the college to admit candidates for the academic year 2001-02 subject to the final orders of the Karnataka High Court, the notification said. The detailed seat selection process schedule has also been announced Candidates who have already received the admission order and who are satisfied with the seats selected by them in the earlier admission round need not come again.
If the candidate is interested in the newly added seats, he can avail the special admission round even if he has received the admission order and reported to the college during the earlier admission round. However, a candidate who has already received admission order in respect of a medical and dental seat is not eligible to participate in this round, the notification said.
The Karnataka quota engineering casual vacancy round which was earlier scheduled on October 3 will now be held on October 17 and 18. Due to the availability of additional seats, as many as 516 electronic seats (Free seats: 278 and payment seats: 238); 736 computer science seats (free seats: 246 and payment:490); 644 information technology (free seats: 184 and payment: 460) will now be available for students to choose from. In addition, seats are available (both free and payment) will be available in mechanical, electrical, civil, industrial production and other branches.
Courtsey : Deccan Herald.
The results of the IV and V semester examination will be announced later in the week.
The CET Cell last night received the revised seat matrix dispatched by the government incorporating these additional colleges and seats. The colleges approved are:-
For each of these colleges, 60 seats each in Computer Science, Information Science and Electronics have been approved for the current academic year. These seats have been incorporated now, so the candidates can select these colleges in the admission round as per roster and merit. With the approval of these colleges, the total number of colleges approved this year has risen to 25, much more than the total number of colleges in many other states.
The newly sanctioned colleges are :-
The six colleges in which intake has been increased are :-
With the number of colleges in Karnataka already very high, and quality in all colleges not upto the mark, will this proove to be a boon or a bane?
The boys have outnumbered girls by securing 78,536 ranks as compared to 37,289 ranks for girls.
This time requests for re-evaluation and re-totalling will not be entertained as the evaluation has been done by scanners attached to computers which are cent percent accurate. However objections pertaining to the entries on the result list such as caste category, question paper code versions can be filed with the CET Cell on or before June 19. The selection process will begin from June 25 with special category students such as disabled, sports, etc.
The seat matrix is likely to be announced by first week of July. The colleges have been asked to give the letter of intent within June 30 and the seat matrix will be announced within 2-3 days from that day.
TOP Ranks in Medical (non-Karnataka)
1. Gautam Agarwal (87.639%) Bilaspur, Chattisgarh
2. Salil Sethi (85.417%) Kurukshetra, Haryana
3. Gaurav Gupta (82.917%) Batinda, Punjab
TOP Ranks in Engineering (non-Karnataka)
1. Abhishek Gutgutia (90%) Calcutta
2. Vignesh VJ (86.389%) Tamil Nadu
3. Varun Arora (86.389%) Mussori, Uttaranchal
TOP Ranks in Medical (Karnataka)
1. Abhishek Nadamani (92.233%) Bangalore
2. Shikhar Agarwal (91.514%) Bangalore
TOP Ranks in Engineering (Karnataka)
1. Vikas R (95.82%) Mysore
2. Vinay MK (95.41%) Bangalore
Wrong questions : A number of CET aspirants who appeared for the mathematics test today complained that there were atleast two wrong questions in the Mathematics paper. A student said that none of the four choices provided for question numbers 41 and 53 in the C3 version of the question paper were correct.
Earlier, yesterday thousands of non-Karnataka students arrived in Bangalore and from other districts to take the test. This year 59,299 students have applied under non-Karnataka quota and as many as 40,000 students have chosen Bangalore as their examination centre. Of the 296 examination centres as many as 142 are in Bangalore city alone. The aspirants are competing for more than 22,000 engineering seats and in as many as 2,200 medical and 1,900 dental seats in the state. Of these 50% seats are free seats and 50% percent payment, of which 15% are reserved for non-Karnataka students.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald
The Office of the Special Officer,
CET Cell, S.J.M. Samudaya Bhavan, 1st Main Road,
Gandhinagar, Bangalore - 560 009.
The brochures will be supplied to the students addresses out side Karnataka probably in the month of February/March 2001 The students who are studying in 12th std. / 2nd PUC in Karnataka will get their brochures through their respective schools and colleges.
Note: The Cet cell was collecting Rs. 500 for brochure both from candidates of outside Karnataka and outside India till last year. But, It has been realised that the postage itself is about Rs.500 , if the brochure is sent to outside India. So the prices for sending brochure for outside India is now fixed at Rs. 1000/-. There for the candidates who resides outsides India are now require to send a DD for Rs. 1000/- for CET-2001 brochure.
When compared to neighbouring states, the number of engineering colleges
in Karnataka is less, and hence the new policy, the minister said. While
there are 123 engineering colleges, 92 diploma institutions, 160 MCA institutions
and 126 MBA institutions in Andhra Pradesh, it was 138, 169, 19 and 117
respectively in Maharashtra and 80, 199, 68 and 61 respectively in Karnataka,
the minister added.
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NEW COURSES: There were proposals to offer new courses and for
variation in intake capacity from existing engineering colleges, Prof Chandrashekhar
said. The council has approved the proposal, and with this 2,267 more seats
would be created in various colleges under various disciplines, he said.
The variation is mainly in the subject of information technology, the minister
added. Though majority of colleges are in Bangalore urban and rural districts,
the government has considered and will consider applications from all over
the State, and clear those which fulfill the requirements regarding infrastructure
etc., the Minister said. Of the 36 new colleges approved, 24 are in Bangalore
urban and rural districts, one each in Belgaum, Bijapur and Bidar districts,
5 in Gulbarga and two each in Dakshina Kannada and Mysore districts, the
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