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KEA likely to conduct one more round of seat selection process

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Extended counselling for KCET candidates
Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), Bangalore, is likely to conduct one more round of seats selection process for Engineering courses.

Around 8,730 engineering seats were left vacant after the second round or seat allotment.

Meanwhile, a day after the results of the second round of counselling for the Common Entrance Test (CET) was announced, parents and students aspiring to get professional seats rushed to the KEA office in Malleshwaram and alleged that there were discrepancies between the options they had entered and the results they had obtained.

The candidates who were allotted seats, are required to report to the colleges on or before Monday, within 4 PM.

Commenting on the issue, Karnataka Higher Education minister R V Deshpande said, "The state government will decide on Monday on conducting the second extended round of allotment of CET."

"Many seats in engineering colleges have remained vacant this year. Nearly 22,000 seats were vacant last year as well. So, we are examining whether a second extended round should be done in a way that is in the interest of students. I was told that there is a demand for these seats," Deshpande said.

"We have to close admissions by July 31, but the silver lining is August 5, which is the last date for engineering admissions in Visvesvaraya Technological University. We will take a decision on Monday," he said.

On the confusion faced by parents and students over the past two days, the minister said he was unaware of the situation, as he was not in Bangalore. "But when I checked with the Principal Secretary, I was told everything was fine," Deshpande said.

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