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91 MBBS seats exit govt quota

CET: Counselling for medical seats begins today; Ranks 1 to 1500 to be covered

Bangalore, June 9, DHNS:

In a blow to Common Entrance Test (CET) candidates queuing up for medical seats, as many as 91 seats have gone out of the government quota.

A surveillance camera (circled) installed at the CET cell to record the proceedings. DH Photo

According to the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), the medical seat matrix shows that the number of available seats has reduced by almost five per cent this year. KEA has only 1,780 seats under the government quota, down from 1,871 last year.

Here’s why: With the coveted deemed university status under their belts, Yenepoya and Nitte medical colleges that are under the minority institutions quota, have gone out of the KEA purview.

However, there is no change in dental seats. The number of seats on offer remains at 791.


The CET has given medical and dental ranking to as many as 5,783 students this year. Cuurently, under the CET, 10 government colleges, 11 private unaided minority colleges, 11 private non-minority colleges are offering medical and dental seats.

The KEA is however yet to receive the seat matrix for the engineering seats. Officials are hopeful that the government will receive the seat matrix by June 16. “We believe that the number of seats will remain at 37,000 seats for engineering streams this year too,” said a KEA official.

Meanwhile, preparations for holding the medical counselling sessions were in full swing on Wednesday. The inauguration  ceremony of the counselling session will be organised in Bangalore on Friday, while at the other four centres –– Gulbarga, Shimoga, Hubli and Mangalore –– it will be on Thursday.

The KEA has also increased their capacity in technological terms by incorporating the latest softwares to increase the real time updates across the centres. “Our target is to ensure that every counselling takes a maximum of 20 seconds,” informed Admission Officer, KEA, S P Kulkarni. The KEA has also increased its manpower this year from 160 personnel to 275 across the State for the counselling purpose.

For the first time, the counselling sessions will be recorded audio-visually. The KEA has installed cameras at every counselling station and Closed Circuit Television within the centres. If any student alleges of discrepancy during the counselling, the KEA will make the audio-visual recording available for them on demand.

CET counselling for Jammu and Kashmir students was held on Wednesday. Ten students selected medical seats and another 89 engineering seats.

Timings

Medical ranks           Time

1 - 400                  9 to 11 am

401 - 800              11.15 am to 1.15 pm

801 to 1200          2 to 4 pm

1201 to 1500         4.15 to 6.15 pm

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