Press Trust of India|Aug 8, 2022
KCET likely to be held at national level: Report
Recently, C N Ashwathnarayan announced the merger of COMEDK UGET and KCET and holding of a single entrance exam for engineering, medical admissions.
NEW DELHI: The Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) is likely to be held at national level, as per a Bangalore Mirror report. State higher education minister C N Ashwathnarayan has told private universities that if they agree, the government is ready to conduct KCET across India to fill up management quota engineering seats. Currently, the private engineering colleges offer admission to their such seats through a separate entrance examination, the report said.
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Ashwathnarayan reportedly said that while the government quota engineering seats in private institutions are being filled through CET rank, state private colleges are conducting separate entrance examinations to fill 60% management quota seats. Multiple entrance exams are creating pressure on the students, he said. In case the private universities agree, Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) is ready to conduct CET on a pan-India level which will help students across the country, the minister said.
The education minister recently held a meeting with the chancellors, vice-chancellors of private institutions of Karnataka offering engineering courses on Thursday, June 30.
In the meeting, PES University chancellor Jawahar Doreswamy reportedly said that they are conducting separate entrance tests for the management quota seats because KEA is not conducting a national level examination. They have no objection to KEA conducting one CET exam for all seats at national level.
Recently, the Karnataka Government decided to merge the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka Undergraduate Entrance Test (COMEDK UGET) with KCET and hold a single entrance exam from 2023 session onwards for admissions to engineering, medical and professional courses.
CN Ashwath Narayan took the decision in a meeting with the Federation of Governors of Private Vocational Institutes on Wednesday, June 23.
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