The High Court of Karnataka on Saturday directed the Board of Technical Education (BTE) to approve the admission of 800 students to various engineering colleges in the State after July 31, 2013.
The Supreme Court had directed the State government to complete the counselling for engineering seats by July 31.
However, the Karnataka Examinations Authority conducted fourth round of counselling on August 15, 2013 and as many as 800 students were allotted seats during this round. The BTE did not approve the admission of these students claiming that the counselling was conducted beyond the deadline set by the Supreme Court.
Dr Ambedkar Institute of Technology had approached the Court challenging the refusal of the board to approve the admissions. Justice Anand Byrareddy allowed the petition filed by the institute, observing that the delay in conducting the counselling had been caused by the government and not the students or the colleges. He directed the BTE to approve the admissions.
The court had recently directed the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to approve the admissions of students admitted to Bachelor of Dental Science course, who had not appeared for the common entrance test or COMED-K.
Nod for Ramanavami
The High Court has allowed the authorities of the Mahaganapathi temple in Padmanabhanagar, Bangalore, to go ahead with the Ramanavami celebrations on April 8 and distribute prasadam, buttermilk and food to the devotees on the occasion.
The temple authorities had approached the court after the election nodal officer had refused permission to distribute prasadam citing model code of conduct. Justice Abdul Nazeer, while allowing the petition, directed the temple not to violate poll code while distributing prasadam.