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Students in the Karnataka state’s engineering colleges can expect to get rewarded for 100% attendance. The reward, set to be made this academic year onwards, will be announced later.
Announcing this on Tuesday (16th August), in an event organised by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), higher education minister VS Acharya said, "To encourage students to be regular to college, we will start an incentive programme. The file is being processed." The event was held to felicitate rank holders in diploma courses who are taking engineering seats through lateral entry. Mean while, the department is under pressure from students to reduce the percentage of mandatory attendance for engineering courses. As of now, students have to be present for 80% of classes to qualify for taking the examinations. "There is pressure on us to reduce the mandatory attendance by 10%," Acharya said. However, he confirmed that there will not be any changes in the existing attendance criterion. "It is necessary for the students to attend both theory and practical classes. If they miss out on any one of these, it will be difficult for them to cope with work and studies later," the minister for higher education said. 10% more seats under lateral entry: Starting this academic year, 20% seats will be reserved for diploma students who get into the third semester of engineering courses through lateral entry. Till 2010, seats reserved for lateral entry students were 10%. This year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has revised it and fixed it to 20%. Diploma rank holders felicitated: The first 13 rank holders in diploma courses were felicitated by the KEA on Tuesday (16th August). It awarded 15,000 to each student and along with that, Indian Bank too gave 15,000 to each one of them. It also announced that the bank would bear the education expenses of all these students till they complete their engineering.
Courtesy: DNA India
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