If the private universities in the state agree, the government is ready to organize a common entrance test (CET) at the national level for the management quota engineering seats, said the Minister of Education senior CN Ashwath Narayan. The state government recently announced that starting next year, the COMED-K entrance test will be merged with the CET for engineering courses.
After a meeting here Thursday with chancellors, vice-chancellors and registrars of private universities, he said, “Government quota engineering seats at private universities are filled through the state CET rank. But all state private universities hold separate entrance tests for 60% of management quota engineering places. Multiple entry tests cause stress for students. So, in case the private state universities agree, the government will organize a pan-India level CET and it will help students across the country.
Reacting to this, PES University Chancellor Jawahar Doreswamy said, “We are conducting a separate CET for Engineering Management Quota Seats because the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) does not conduct of CET at the national level. We have no objection to the government itself leading the TEC at pan-Indian level.
During the meeting, the Minister also said that there were allegations that some private universities charge extra fees for engineering seats from the government quota. “Managements should not entertain such unethical practices,” he said.