SJCE-KEA row: Fate of 70 students hangs in balance

The fate of 70 students, who were allotted BE seats at the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) here, hangs in balance on account of apparent lack of communication between the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) and the institution.

The SJCE has suspended admission, saying it is awaiting further instructions from the Department of Higher Education. Tuesday was the last date for students to report to college after they attended the online counselling and paid the fee.

The controversy broke out after the college moved the High Court, challenging the matrix fixed by the KEA for 240 seats (120 each in electronics and communication and computer science). It argued that only 120 seats were aided and the remaining unaided. The KEA could fill only 45 per cent of the unaided seats; 30 per cent will go to the Comed-K quota and 20 to the management quota.

But the KEA allotted seats in the ratio of 95:5 (five per cent seats under management quota). The court allowed its prayer, set aside the seat matrix and directed the KEA to redo the counselling.

The SJCE Principal, B G Sangameshwara, sympathised with the students, but cited a recent High Court order as per which KEA is to re-allot the seats. “We have learnt that the State government has moved the court, seeking continuation of seats allotted by the KEA. We are awaiting the court order,” he said.

While the ensuing legal battle promises to be lengthy, students who picked seats in the college after faring well in CET and II PUC examination are in dire straits. With a CET rank of 1,703, P C Gowtham from Chitradurga, had opted for SJCE.

“We are awaiting admission. If we are refused admission and forced to choose seats in the second round of counselling, we won’t get good colleges,” he said.

Somesh B N, whose son faces the same uncertainty, fumed, “If we don’t get relief, we’ll be forced to move the High Court.”

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