The first round of admissions is completed now as KEA is headed to notify about the second round of seat allotment for KCET- CET 2016.
The counselling for engineering, architecture, medical, dental, pharma courses along with others is undergoing in the state of Karnataka on the basis of candidates’ performance in KCET 2016. Karnataka CET seat allotment for first round was announced on July 1 and the process for the second round is yet to be started. The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has not yet notified the schedule for KCET second counselling as the authority cited that the actual position of vacant seats will be known in two or three days.
KEA made several changes in the schedule since from the beginning of the counselling process. The first round which was earlier scheduled to be completed by June 30, concluded on Friday, July 8, 2016. One more day was extended due to the public holiday on July 7 and candidates were allowed to download the admission order by July 8. Though the first round took too many days, it is expected that the second round of counselling would be concluded in less than 10 days. At first, the KEA will release the seat matrix and fee structure, following which the eligible candidates will be allowed to take part in option entry process.
Committee formed to address students’ grievances
The Karnataka Examinations Authority received several complaints from students and parents on excess fee being charged by private colleges. Acting upon the complaints, the Karnataka government has approved the setting up of a committee to address these issues. The committee will be headed by Justice Keshavanarayana.
Up until last year, there were two committees as per the guidelines of Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Determination of Fee) Act, 2016. Out of these, one committee was handed the responsibility of monitoring the admission process while other was responsible for fee fixation. As the committee set up for the year 2015-16 got dissolved in December last year, the government did not form any committee this year. As per the latest reports, the government has ordered to set up a committee in this regard. Additional Chief Secretary of Higher Education, Bharat Lal Meena said, “A government order with regard to the formation of the committee has been issued.”
Seats from minority and deemed institutes to be added in second round
The seat allotment for engineering and medical courses have been done in the first round as all the 2,491 MBBS and 602 seats in the matrix released earlier have been allotted to candidates in Karnataka CET first allotment. However, the seats in minority and deemed institutes are likely to be included in the second round as the seat matrix is yet to be released.
The government is confident of reaching the consensus as till now nothing has been decided. There has been a provision of filling 25 percent seats in these institutions through CET, but the matter is disputed on the account of fee structure.
Uncertainty over Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy seats
The KEA has not yet released the seat matrix for Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy and Naturopathy courses even as the first round of counselling has ended. The KEA officials are blaming AYUSH department for the issue as one of the officials said, “We have written two letters to AYUSH officials. We have not received any reply from the department.”
On the other hand, AYUSH department shifted the blame to Centre, stating that the delay is because the colleges offering these courses have not received a renewal of affiliation for the academic session 2016-17. One official said, “Without knowing the affiliation status we cannot release the seat matrix.”
These courses have been in demand and almost all the seats in these courses were filled in past two years. The seat matrix of these courses was released by KEA very late last year as the counselling was conducted only by the end of September last year.