CET candidates reap benefits

Decentralisation of counselling saves Rs 15,000 per student

A study by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has now revealed that every candidate saves about Rs 15,000 because he/she no longer needs to bear the costs of travel and accommodation at Bangalore. 

The new counselling centres at Hubli and Gulbarga are particularly beneficial for students from North Karnataka. Each year, more than 30 per cent of students from North Karnataka used to attend the counselling sessions at the Bangalore centre.

 If a candidate were to attend CET counselling at Bangalore, the travel and accommodation expenses for students from North Karnataka used to sum up to Rs 5,000 per person per day. An average of three days in the City makes it Rs 15,000.

 For every candidate eligible for seat selection, two other persons viz parents or guardians would accompany the candidate. If the student were to travel from Bidar or Bellary for the counselling process, the to and fro travel and accommodation expenses for two or more persons would sum up to Rs 15,000 per day.

In Mangalore next year

KEA Administrative Officer, S P Kulkarni said, “The Hubli and Gulbarga CET counselling centres are of great benefit to students from North Karnataka. Students from places, like Bellary, Raichur or Bidar will be able to easily access both the centres for the seat selection process.”

Incidentally, the State government is also planning to expand the counselling centres to Mangalore next year in the interest of students in the coastal part of Karnataka.

Seat selection

The engineering seat selection process at the KEA has picked up substantial pace. There has been a gradual increase in the number of candidates permitted for seat selection each day. At the KEA premises, 200 candidates now select engineering seats in an hour.
Kulkarni said, “A week back, the rate of seat selection was at over hundred engineering seats per hour. Now, more than 200 candidates select the seats every hour, which indicates that one seat per candidate is selected within a span of 20 seconds.”

The seat selection process in the days to come will be intensified at Hubli and Gulbarga counselling centres. The KEA study pointed to a significant increase in the number of eligible candidates appearing for the seat selection from July at these centres.

As of now, the number of candidates selecting engineering seats at these centres is close to 200 per day. This is set to increase to 1,700 at Hubli and 1,200 at Gulbarga.
“As the seat selection crosses the 15,000th rank, there will be an equal and a mounting increase in the number of candidates selecting seats from Hubli and Gulbarga. These centres will be in full form in terms of functions as the counselling session closes in,” the administrative officer explained.

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