Students, parents in despair

No information on counselling for students who have cleared supplementary examination


With no information on the CET counselling session for students who have passed supplementary examination, parents and students are disheartened.

Nearly 3,000 students who have cleared supplementary examinations are awaiting CET ranks, to be eligible for engineering courses.

It may be recalled that in 2008, the Higher Education department, in an attempt to fill vacant seats, had introduced the temporary system to allocate engineering seats and courses to students who had passed the II PUC supplementary examination.
The move benefited students as many were able to pursue BE courses without a break in their career.

However, the Higher Education department so far, has not sent any communication to the KEA whether a counselling session will be considered for such students.

A KEA official said that in all possibilities, another counselling session will have to be held for the benefit of students. “No discussion with the private engineering institutions has been conducted to ensure that the unfilled seats will be surrendered to the Karnataka Examination Authority. By doing so, the seats will be available for counselling to students who have passed supplementary examination,” the Karnataka Examination Authorities official added.

The parents are a worried lot, as there is no notification on BE seats. Students have also lost the opportunity of enrolling into pure sciences graduate courses, as they await to choose BE courses.

Says Seema Shafeeq, a parent from Hassan, that although the Education department had made provisions like conducting supplementary examination in June, lack of continuity in proceeding with the professional courses has left students in despondency.
“It is harrowing to know that there is no information if another counselling session will be held for the students who have passed the supplementary examinations. The fate of the students is indecisive,” Seema added. Seema’s son has cleared two subjects with good marks in the supplementary examination.

“There is absolutely no information if the students will be allotted spot ranks or even if they a have chance for BE admissions. With the academic year for BE courses set to begin in September, it is a tense situation for both parents and students,” added Seema.

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