Seat Selection Process of the Common Entrance Test (CET)
Hours before the commencement of the seat-selection process of the Common Entrance
Test (CET), the government and private college managements were still nit-picking
on the consensual agreement on how seats have to be split and how much money is
to be collected this year.
The agreement is now slated to be signed on Thursday, 16th June 2011 at 11.00 am
as the meeting convened on Wednesday, 15th June 2011 evening between the higher
education department officials and the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges
Association (KUPECA) representatives remained inconclusive. Despite the last-minute
haggling, the Karnataka Examinations Authority will go ahead with the medical examination
for physically disabled candidates on Thursday, 16th June 2011. Seat-selection for
special category students will commence on Friday.
Though the fee structure and seat matrix have been agreed to, there were fresh differences
over mutual transfer of students, holding three rounds of seat-selection and fee
for lateral entry students.
The private colleges want a total ban on mutual transfers this year, but the government
said it will allow it albeit with heavy restrictions. Last year a student with rank
300 was replaced by a student who paid Rs. 20,000. Merit students are made guinea
pigs by touts. Since students have the option of making an informed choice during
three rounds, we should not allow any further change in seats, D Jawahar, director,
PES institutions, said.
Colleges have also told the government to hold reconciliation meeting within 15
days from the completion of CET counseling to surrender the unfilled seats. Another
demand from private colleges is now to give fee concession to diploma/B.Sc candidates
who get admitted via lateral entry to second year engineering courses.
Seat-matrix and fee structure for 31 colleges under Karnataka Religious and Linguistic
Minority Professional Colleges Association yet to be finalized Government will hold
fresh talks with the association on Thursday, 16th June 2011 before finalizing deal.
Courtesy: Times of India