'Government considering counselling for UG courses'

Gnana Degula: Huge turnout on Day One

'Government considering counselling for UG courses'

  (L to R) Vice-President (TPMPL) D B Dutta, Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda, Education Minister Arvind Limbavali and Deccan Herald  Editor K N Tilak Kumar  at the inauguration of ‘Gnana Degula-2009’, an education and career fair organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani, at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on Saturday. DH PHOTO

Over 5,000 students from across the State flocked to benefit from the two-day exposition.

The Minister said, “The seat allotment and counselling procedure must not be restricted to engineering and medicine alone. It must be extended to all other graduation courses.”

He said, “The Karnataka government has reduced the fee for engineering courses, making our state the least expensive for students who want to pursue engineering,” he said.

Citing recent instances of institutions that have taken advantage of students by functioning illegally and claiming false affiliations, Limbavali said, “The government will come down heavily on institutions which do not have the necessary permission.”

Meanwhile, nearly 5000 students from across the State turned up on the first day of the event. Students not only got advice from experts in career counselling, but also had first hand access to information on the admission procedure for CET and COMEDK.

They also had access to information on a variety of courses offered by as many as fifty institutions, who had all set up stalls at the expo. Besides engineering institutions, the career extravaganza also featured stalls by animation, air-hostess training and clay-modelling institutes.

In his welcome note, Editor of Deccan Herald K N Tilak Kumar called ‘Gnana Degula’ a “highly imaginative and inspiring initiative”.  

Limbavali too commended Deccan Herald - Prajavani’s initiative and called the event a great service to students. He said, “Deccan Herald-Prajavani’s reach within the state of Karnataka means that such events assume great importance. Such initiatives are of help to a great many students who even today don’t know whom to approach or which colleges to go to.”

He added that he hoped for the event to become bigger as the years progress, thereby benefiting more students.

Also present at the inauguration was Minister for Medical Education, Ramachandra Gowda.  He said that the special initiative was very important from the point of view of students receiving exposure to possibilities and opportunities.

“Programmes such as these will help students not just to be aware of the process of seat selection, but will also help a great deal in students picking and choosing their courses,” he said.

Gowda reaffirmed the Karnataka government’s commitment to providing economical education to the backward classes, and reiterated that no other state can claim to provide such affordable and high quality engineering courses.

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