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Karnataka has decided to approach the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), seeking cancellation of the change in the eligibility cap for engineering courses.
Principal Secretary of the Higher Education Department Latha Krishna Rao will meet AICTE officials on June 10 to present the state government's view on the issue, higher education minister V.S. Acharya told reporters here on Wednesday. This year, only 60,543 candidates are eligible for engineering seats in the state, against the 71,639 last year. That is because the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) revised the eligibility slab for aggregate marks in Science subjects from 45% to 50% for engineering seats. While the revision has its own benefits, it would hit the not-so-popular colleges in the state that are struggling with vacant seats. Besides, it would deny a huge lot of students the chance to pursue an engineering course. Eligibility for SC/ST students was also increased to 45% from 40%. "Due to this, about 17,000 students have been denied CET rankings this year. So we fear that this may lead to further increase in the number of vacant engineering seats in the state," the minister said. Acharya said that there were plans to set up three new engineering colleges in the state, including one in Bangalore. "We are waiting for the approval of AICTE to start the new colleges."
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Justice S Abdul Nazeer of the Karnataka high court on Wednesday, 8th June 2011 ordered notices to the Department of Technical Education, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in connection with a petition filed by a young woman, Anusha, challenging the notification issued by the department of technical education and the VTU on March 21 and April 27, respectively. These notifications were issued to alter the eligibility criteria for admission to undergraduate programmes, and also notified that henceforth, students who have studied electronics and computer science would not be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Engineering degree courses, with specialisation in computers or electronics, in which they are required to also study physics and mathematics. Anusha said that the notifications were illegal and arbitrary. "Very strangely, students who have studied a PMB (Physics, Mathematics, Biology) combination are enabled to seek admission to technical courses, while students who studied core technical subjects of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science are denied the opportunity," Anusha claimed in her petition.
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