Chief minister Siddaramaiah convened a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss the proposed Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006. At the cabinet meeting on Thursday, ministers felt the Act has embarrassed the government as it lacks clarity.
According to sources, some ministers felt the Act is a good step, but there is apprehension about the fate of candidates belonging to less privileged classes. The concern was expressed after Union minister M Veerappa Moily, architect of CET, opposed the Act and demanded restoration of the old CET system. They felt there was scope for private managements to misuse the mandate given to them to admit students.
On Wednesday, medical education minister Sharana Prakash R Patil said poor and meritorious students won't be left out of the new admission system. He said the Act will ensure transparency and merit, and hinted that the government will come up with a mechanism to help poor scholars.
With Patil and higher education minister RV Deshpande not present at the cabinet meeting, Siddaramaiah said these issues should be addressed in their presence and convened the high-level meeting on Friday.
Aspirants can prepare as per time-table now. The Common Entrance Test ( CET) for medical, dental, ayurveda, homeopathy, unani, naturopathy-yoga, engineering, BSc agriculture, sericulture, forestry, horticulture, BPharm and DPharm will commence from May 1, 2014, said a release from the Karnataka Examination Authority.
Date: May 1 (All papers for 60 marks)
10.30am-11.50 am - Biology
2.30pm-3.50 pm - Mathematics
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) released the details of seats and fee structure in Bangalore on Saturday, setting the ball rolling for admissions to undergraduate professional courses. It comes a day after the State government decided to retain the previous academic year’s quota and fee structure for all professional courses.
While the results of the Common Entrance Test (CET), in which about 1.4 lakh students appeared, are expected on Tuesday, the document verification for admissions will commence on June 3. However, the dates for entry of options (for online counselling) are yet to be announced.
A press release on Saturday said 87,490 seats were up for the grabs in engineering. Of these, 42,231 are government seats, 24,360 are Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) seats, 20,899 are management seats and 4,376 are under the supernumerary quota.
CET rank-holders will pay Rs. 18,090 in government and aided colleges, and Rs. 38,090 and Rs. 41,590 in private unaided and minority colleges.
Medical course aspirants have to fight it out for 5,298 seats, of which 2,221 are government seats, 1,438 COMEDK, 1,387 management quota and 202 are under the all-India quota. CET students will pay Rs. 16,700 in government colleges, Rs. 46,000 in private unaided and minority colleges and in deemed colleges.
Students opting for dental courses have 2,470 seats in all, 837 of them government seats, 1,160 COMEDK/Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Colleges Association seats, 457 management seats and 16 all-India quota seats.
Fee for government colleges is Rs. 14,400 and Rs. 35,000 for private unaided and minority colleges.
As many as 71,855 candidates have qualified for admission to medical and engineering courses this year through Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority.
Of the 1,14,013 students who appeared for the test, 5,783 have become eligible for admission to medical and dental courses and 44,468 for homeopathy and courses in Indian System of Medicines.
In the technical stream, 71,639 students have been found eligible for engineering and technology courses, and 673 for architecture courses. The results were announced on Saturday.
Shanbhag Anil Atmanand (95.94 pc) of VVS Sardar Patel PU College of Bangalore stood first in engineering, while Akshay B Pattabhi (85.55 pc) of St Aloysius College in Mangalore, stood first in the medical/Dental category.
Pattabhi (91.612 pc) also topped the Homeopathy and Indian System of Medicine (ISM) list, while Soujanya K (79.66 pc) of National Hill View Public School of Bangalore topped the list for architecture.
The counselling for seat selection will commence from June 2 for special categories and from June 10 for medical and dental courses.
Results on mobiles
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Minister for Higher Education Aravind Limbavali said the KEA has sent the CET results to all the students who had furnished their cellphone numbers on the application form. The scanned OMR Sheets of all the candidates of all the subjects along with evaluation report have been uploaded on the KEA website and candidates can download the reports.
Belgaum, UK districts
The minister said counselling will be extended to Belgaum and Uttara Kannada districts from next year. Apart from Bangalore, the counselling is being held at Gulbarga, Hubli, Shimoga and Mangalore this year. A felicitation programme has also been organised for the rank holders on June 10, he informed.
Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda said Hubli Medical College and Mysore Medical College were increasing their intake by 50 seats each. The 100 seats would ensure that all the candidates would be accommodated, he said.
Candidates whose results have been withheld due to any missing documents can obtain the results after submitting the document to the KEA office from May 24. Any discrepancies in the marks can be notified at the KEA office. In case there is any variation in the II PUC marks after revaluation, fresh ranks will be announced after the finalisation of the revaluation results.
Following the footsteps of private engineering colleges, private medical colleges have demanded a hike in the fees of under graduate medical course seats obtained through CET 2013.
“The hike during CET 2012 was very nominal and it is really difficult to run colleges with the existing fees. So, we will also demand fees hike for medical courses,” said a senior member of Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK), on condition of anonymity.
However, medical and dental college managements are yet to decided the percentage of increase. “We need to discuss the issue in our consortium meeting before discussing it with the government,” said a COMEDK member, who also owns a medical institution in the city.
According to Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) officials, it is difficult for the state government to act on the demand placed by college managements. “Even during CET 2012, the government had increased the fees for all the professional courses and it is not possible this time,” said a senior official from KEA on condition of anonymity.
The state government’s decision to increase the fees for professional courses in 2012, was made three years after the demand was initially made.
During CET 2012, the government accepted the demand of private professional college managements and increased the fee for medical, engineering and dental courses.
For engineering courses, the government fixed a fee of `36,900 and for medical and dental courses, the fee was fixed at `38,500 and ` 27,500 per annum respectively, for government quota seats.
This fee structure is inapplicable to management and COMED-K seats.