The Karnataka state government has suddenly taken a new decision that eventually led to widespread confusion amongst engineering aspirants over Common Entrance Test (CET) and COMEDK. The government has implemented an almost forgotten law that aims to determine admissions and fees for undergraduate engineering programs in the state.
What’s most surprising is the fact that none of the ministers or their representatives concerned made any statement regarding this decision and this could clearly catch a lot of students off guard. Worse even, there is no clarity whether or not the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006 will also encompass dental and medical admissions.
Confusion over CET and COMEDK
It is worth mentioning here that the law was passed way back in 2006; however it remained unimplemented for over eight years as private managements and the government could not reach a mutually agreeable fee structure and seat sharing matrix.
But now, an official communication from the principal secretary of the Higher Education Department confirms that the Act “will be implemented for undergraduate engineering courses from the academic year 2015-16”.
In addition, representatives of the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA) have also confirmed the move to a leading daily.
M K Panduranga Setty, secretary KUPECA, reportedly said, “Yes, we have received the official communication.”
“We are not going to sign any consensual agreement on fees and seats, as before. We are waiting for the fee fixation committee to submit its report.”
The move will mean that all colleges that come under the purview of the Act will require settling with a fee recommended by a committee formed by the government.
Dismissing reports that there will be mandatory subsidies for meritorious students, Setty said: No subsidy, nothing. It is left to the colleges. If they want to admit merit students, they can give concessions. The government cannot say anything about it now”.