KEA confident of filling all undergrad engineering seats
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is confident of
filling all available undergraduate engineering seats this time. Counseling for
admission to undergraduate engineering seats for the current academic year is under
KEA officials said that it was unlikely that seats remain unfilled this year. The
number of eligible candidates has doubled this year and about 60,000 students were
declared eligible in the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2011. Later, the All India Council
for Technical Education changed the eligibility criteria and 9,000 more candidates
gained eligibility for admission to undergraduate engineering courses.
As against 69,000 eligible candidates, about 43,000 seats are available in undergraduate
engineering courses. There and the number of available seats is 43,000. About 25,000
have already been filled up. "According to Wednesday's data, we have allotted seats
to candidates who have secured rankings up to 36,000 and about 18,000 seats are
available," said a senior KEA official.
About 33,000 candidates are in the fray for 18,000 seats available. "We will get
a clear picture about the unfilled seats in the second round, but we are confident
of filling all the seats this time," the official said.
About 8,000 engineering seats remained unfilled last year, of which about 3,088
were government quota seats. "Many colleges surrendered seats to us last year. About
5,000 seats belonging to management quota had been surrendered," the official said.
Officials said that this year, only seats in newly established colleges, rural colleges
and colleges with poor infrastructure may remain vacant. Barring University Visvesvaraya
College of Engineering, Bangalore, no other government engineering college is in
There are also chances of candidates who have taken seats surrendering
the same in the second round counseling and opting to go for medicine, dental,
ayurveda or general degree course.
Courtesy: DNA India