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KEA to set up placement cell

Last updated: 29 May, 2010
Bangalore: May 29, DHNS: 23:28 IST

Parents, students throng Education and career fair Jnana Degula

The Karnataka Examinations Authority will set up a placement cell for Common Entrance Test candidates.

Speaking at “Jnana Degula,” the City’s biggest education and career fair at the Palace Grounds here on Saturday, KEA administrative officer S P Kulkarni said that the placement cell has already roped in 200 companies this year.

Of the 135 engineering colleges in the State only 35 conduct placement programmes. “We thought of starting the cell to ensure job opportunity for all the students,” Kulakarni said.

He declared that from this year, the entire Common Entrance Test (CET) counselling procedure will be video recorded and could be viewed from all the five CET counselling centres across the State. He informed that the counselling for Ayurveda and Unani seats has been postponed to next month.

COMED-K secretary Dr S Kumar, addressing the packed audience of students and parents spoke about career opportunities in the health care sector and stressed on the alternative of paramedical courses.
He cited BSc in medical lab technology, radiology, anaesthesia technology as upcoming career opportunities.

He said as against 34,000 admissions to medical colleges, only 22,000 graduate every year. Of this, nearly 4,000 select alternative medicine while 1,000 go abroad and so on. Ultimately, less than 3,000 medical graduates join the health care system.” As a result, 50 per cent of the Primary Health Centres doesn't have a single doctor,” he pointed out.

Thumb rule
Addressing the problem of poor quality of education in engineering colleges, Prof Jawahar D of People’s Education Society said the general rule of the thumb was to perform the litmus test - SPIRIT.

He explained ‘S’ stands for student, meaning the students need to scout for colleges closer to their houses and should visit the college at least once before taking admission. The next step is to check for ‘P’, the placements. "If more companies come to a college, it shows they are satisfied with the quality of output. My guess is that only 15 out of the engineering colleges in Karnataka get at least 150 jobs," he said.

Next comes ‘I,’ the infrastructure. Taking a look at the infrastructure is also crucial to select the college. The students also need to see the results - ‘R’- of the college, especially in primary branches like electronics, computer science, telecommunication, information science and mechanical engineering. The other two parameters are identity (I) of the college and the number of teachers (T) with PhDs. A college with over 25 per cent of teachers having PhD is considered to be a good one, he explained.
Earlier, Deccan Herald Editor K N Tilak Kumar inaugurated fair organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani. Several City-based colleges, institutions affiliated to foreign universities and two nationalised banks are participating in the education fair. While the first day was dedicated to managing the CET challenge, day two will see counselling sessions on the theme - “Choosing the right career in challenging times.”
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