Inertia stifles reforms

Ramachandra Gowda, during his tenure as Medical Education minister had come out against the entrance test itself. He was of the opinion that test was necessitated earlier due to heavy demand. He had stated that there was no such demand now and there was neither necessity of conducting a CET since the government itself conducts second year pre-university examinations.

The proposal did not get support as Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa was not in its favour. Though the government has no intention to scrap CET, all efforts to destabilise the system are evident.

Former Education Minister Aravind Limbavali and the incumbent Dr V S Acharya too made efforts for a unified admission test. The attempts went futile as Comed-K didn't concur. Even the attempts to conduct single CET too met a similar fate.

Karnataka Examination Authority, which conducts CET and regulates admissions, had organised satellite-based coaching for students last year. The coaching has been cancelled this year following complaints of irregularities.

It has come to light that over Rs 18 crore has been spent for coaching and contracts were awarded without inviting tenders. Erratic power supply in rural areas too hindered the success of the initiative.

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