State forecasts CET on April 27, 28

State forecasts CET on April 27, 28

Possibilities of common entrance test for govt, private colleges being explored

State forecasts CET on April 27, 28

The dates, announced by State Higher Education Minister V S Acharya in Bangalore on Wednesday, are, however, tentative and may change if national-level entrance tests clash with them. The dates would apply for private institutions too if talks with Comed-K for a joint screening yield fruit.

To avoid the kind of mess counselling ran into last summer, the State government is exploring possibilities of having a common entrance test for both government and private colleges.

The thought for a common test came up when the Comed-K, after last academic year admissions, surrendered around 5,000 unfilled engineering seats to the Karnataka Education Authority (KEA). A meeting with Comed-K representatives would be held by the end of this month to discuss the matter, the minister added.

“Conducting one CET is good for both the State government and the Comed-K”, he said. A common CET will also be good news for the students—they will not have to prepare for two entrance tests.

The governing council for Medical Council of India and the AICTE have been appealed to fix the seat matrix by the end of December, so that the flip-flops of last summer’s counselling do not recur.

Moves are also on to increase the number of counselling centres in the State to one for every three districts. Last year, counselling was held in five centres in the State—Bangalore, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Hubli and Shimoga. From next year on, government would launch five more centres considering the number of students.

Acharya also said the government was contemplating accepting CET applications online.

Brochure by February

The KEA will, by February, be out with a brochure on seat availability, facilities in colleges and fee structure. But this will only be after the Justice Padmaraj Committee, constituted to recommend fee structure for professional courses, submits its report.

A website carrying all the information that a CET applicant needs to know will be put together by the KEA. It will have information on colleges, fee structures, scholarships and institutional facilities.

The KEA will also be given powers to conduct recruitment examinations to various departments.

The State govenrment will, before December 15, clear subsidy dues for students who got admission to professional courses paying high fees in 2006-07.

The government had already paid Rs 14 crore so far and the dues stood at Rs 28 crore. The Higher Education department has already written to Finance Department to release Rs 18 crore immediately.

Other tests on Jan, Feb

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences will conduct entrance test (PGET) for admission to postgraduate courses of medicine and dental sciences tentatively on January 30, 2011. The Comed-K will hold the PGET for courses offered in private colleges on February 13, 2011.

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