Students relieved as CET counselling confusion ends

The commencement Comed-K UGET counsellingrelief students admission procedureof the on Tuesday brought much to who were keenly awaiting the to begin.

Even though they would have ideally preferred to go through the CET counselling before that of Comed-K, many students expressed their happiness that at least one of the authorities began the counselling process.

Towards evening, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) seemed to have finally woken up to students' anxiety and announced the revised calendar for CET counselling. As per the revised calendar, students can begin their option entry from 11 pm on July 2 till July 7. The announcement of CET counselling dates addresses the worry of students with regard to seat surrendering.

For, the first day of the counselling of Comed-K for medical seats began for Karnataka students and every student and parent from the State had one question to ask: “What if the CET counselling does not take place before the Comed-K admission? How do we afford the seat?” As per the new dates for CET, the KEA will announce the seat allotment by July 10, 2013. The seat surrendering for Comed-K is from July 11 to 13, giving students just enough time to make a quick overnight decision on which seat to opt for. Those looking for engineering will have a bit more time. The Comed-K seat surrendering dates for engineering courses begins from July 13.

KEA website

While the revised KEA calendar in the last minute was a reason for relief, students complained about the way state government dealt the issue this year. “Whenever we called the KEA for updates, we did not get any response from it. It seemed like they were indifferent to students' concerns,” said a top rank holder in CET, who is aspiring for a medical seat. The student is waiting for the government counselling process even though he has secured a rank within 20 in Comed-K too.

Another student who wants to get into a reputed government medical college said the KEA website was of no use to students as it lacked sufficient information. “The KEA website is poorly maintained and we have been entirely depending on newspapers for updates.” The student has got a rank within 150 in the CET. Her Comed-K rank crossed 1,000 and she hoped that she would not be forced to make a choice against her preferred college.

Second round

To be eligible for the second round of counselling, candidates will have to appear for the Comed-K counselling first. The second round begins from July 19 while the second round of CET seat allotment has been scheduled for July 23.

Comed-K executive director A S Srikanth said catching up with the KEA calendar for second round of counselling would just delay the admission procedure and they were bound to complete the process as early as possible, in order to comply with the Supreme Court direction asking them to wrap it up before July 31.

* Display of seat matrix for the academic year 2013-14    July 2, 2013
*  Entry of options for admission round on their     July 2 from 11 pm to   
own arrangement by candidates    July 7 up to 11 pm
*  Dummy allotment on real data and publication of seat     July 8 at 10 am
allotment on KEA website and sending SMS to all candidates   
*  Time given to change/modify/delete/add options    From 12.30 pm on
    July 8 to 5 pm on July 9
*  Real allotment - first round    9.30 am on July 10
*  Time given for payment of fees and reporting to     From 10.30 am on July 10
colleges and informing KEA online    to 5 pm  on July 15
*  Display of balance seats/cancelled seats/seats not     From 11 am on July 17
reported in the pool and for additional seat matrix,
if any issued by the government    
*  Option entry    From 1 pm on July 17
    to 5 pm on July 22
*  Second round of allotment of seats    From 10.30 am on July 23
*  Time given for payment of fees and reporting to     From 11.30 am on
colleges  and informing KEA online    July 23 to July 27

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