Bangalore, July 28, 2013: Move aimed at filling vacant seats and help students
Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande on Sunday said the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will extend the second round of counselling to fill up the vacant seats. However, it would not be a third round of counselling.
“It is basically to fill up the vacant seats. There are nearly 8,000 engineering seats that have remained vacant. If students can make use of the remaining seats then we must give them an opportunity for the same,” Deshpande told Deccan Herald.
The minister said Visvesvaraya Technological University has informed that the students could be given time till August 5, 2013 to report to colleges. “However, we have to also keep in mind the Supreme Court deadline that admissions have to be wrapped up before July 31. We still have to work out the details. We will announce our decision on Monday,” he said.
Fees to be adjusted
Meanwhile, Monday is the last day for students to confirm their admissions for seats allotted in the second round of counselling. KEA officials have asked parents to go ahead with getting admission orders from colleges based on the seats already allotted to them.
If they are interested in participating in the extended round and get a seat of their choice, the fees they have already paid in the present college would be adjusted against the new seat.
“Parents can now get the admission orders from colleges. Later, we will transfer the fee to the college allotted in the extended round. They will not lose money. We will not hold back Rs 5,000 or any other part of the fee,” said KEA administrative officer S P Kulkarni.
Comed-K seats preferred
Not willing to go through a roller coaster of uncertainties, many students have opted for a Comed-K seats to avoid any more undue stress. One such case is that of Wajahath Parveez, whose daughter was allotted a dental seat in the “tentative” second round of counselling list announced on Thursday. In the revised list on Friday, she had lost her seat! With the uncertainty over another round of counselling, Parveez decided to give up the hopes of a government seat and instead went for a Comed-K seat for his ward.
“Earlier, we were not planning to opt for a Comed-K seat. However, the chaos in KEA allotment left us with no choice. I immediately arranged for the money and opted for a Comed-K seat at a cost of Rs 2.53 lakh per year,” he said.
Many parents alleged that private colleges and the government were hand in glove in creating the confusion, benefiting private managements. There has to be an impartial inquiry into the matter. This indicates massive corruption, Parveez said.