The stalemate over govt. quota seats may cause delay

The impasse over the government quota medical seats is likely to delay the counselling schedule for the Common Entrance Test (CET), a gateway for those aspiring for government or government quota seats in professional courses.

Despite just having five days left to display the seat matrix for all disciplines as per the original calendar of events, the Karnataka Examinations Authority is yet to get clarity on how to conduct the counselling process. “Private colleges and deemed universities have sought time to decide on whether they will give us government quota medical seats, so we will have to wait and watch,” an official from the Department of Medical Education said.

However, as officials of the KEA have to complete engineering admissions by July 31 as per the Supreme Court orders, authorities are confused on whether they should go ahead as per schedule for other courses and change the schedule only for medical admissions. “We have written to all the departments and asked them to give us the seat matrix by June 12. We may ask the State government whether we can continue with our schedule for engineering counselling, and postpone the medical counselling,” an official said.

Minister of State for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil said he was yet to receive a legal opinion on the matter. Asked if there would be a delay in the CET schedule, he said that the matter will have to be discussed as there was still a need to get clarity on government quota seats.

The State government has officially received seat matrix for 12 out of 16 government medical colleges, and is waiting for the formal communication of the four remaining colleges.

M.R. Jayaram, Secretary of the Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation, said the government was yet to invite them for talks. “We have made our stand clear that we will fill our 85 per cent seats through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test rankings. Let the government call us for talks,” he said.

Sharanprakash Patil says he is yet to receive legal opinion on the matter