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K'taka: Engg seats & fees issue remain unresolved

This may provide relief to thousands of Karnataka CET seat aspirants, when more than 100 engineering colleges of the state, affiliated to The Forum of Unaided Private Engineering Colleges, announced that they are ready to enter into a consensual agreement.

This agreement will be on engineering seats and fee structure, provided the government is ready to resolve the impasse and come to an amicable settlement.  The forum will question the government ordinance over implementation of the Justice Padmaraj Fee Fixation Committee report in court.

The forum member institutions also want the government to come up with some minor changes in the engineering colleges' admission policy.  Their demand includes that the government should allow to fill the unfilled NRI quota seats with other candidates.   And under the lateral entry scheme, colleges should be able to fill vacant seats through students from other states.

Meanwhile the sudden transfer of principal secretary, Karnataka Higher Education, Madan Gopal and Medical Education principal secretary I M Vittalmurthy, has led to uncertainty over CET parleys.  The KEA is expected to announce the results next week and it is quite unfortunate that the Karnataka government is silent on the issue.

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