Option entry deadline extended by a day

Option entry deadline extended by a day

The deadline for entering options for undergraduate professional courses has been extended by a day. Now, students can enter the options till 5 pm on July 19.

The extension in deadline was announced on Friday, a day after several students complained of struggling to register and enter the options because of technical glitches.

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) was better prepared as well to handle the situation. It channelised the traffic server-wise, segregating the students as per register numbers given to them earlier. Six links were provided on the KEA website (kea.kar.nic.in). Each link was assigned to a certain number of students. For example, link 01 was for students with CET Nos AA001 to AZ999.

Rashmi V Mahesh, Executive Director, KEA, said that the move was to control the traffic in a better way. “The traffic was uncontrolled on Thursday. Students were simply scrambling to enter their options. Despite adequate space, the server slowed down,” she told Deccan Herald.

In two days, 28,000 students were able to key in the options, but far more of them registered, she added.

Still, many students struggled to register, especially before 3 pm. The KEA website, too, asked them to log on in the afternoon. According to Rashmi, students were given the direction so that a proper system was put in place.

Meanwhile, St Joseph Engineering College, Mangalore, has been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). An official in the Department of Higher Education said that the seat matrix for SJEC had been received. The data would be collated and given to KEA shortly, the official, requesting anonymity, said.

According to the college principal, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, 216 seats of 540 would be made available to KEA. But the three other colleges — BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, and Malik Sandal School of Art and Architecture, Bijapur — are yet to receive the seat matrix.

The new medical college started by Tadikele Subbaiah Trust in Shimoga has apparently gone back on its promise to given 42 percent of 150 MBBS seats to the government. According to G S Venkatesh, In-charge Director, Medical Education, the college now wanted to give just 25 percent seats and was trying to secure the linguistic minority tag.

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