Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Bangalore had already finished the Diploma lateral entry admissions.
Around 10 Government Engineering Colleges across Karnataka have some vacant seats, so KEA offers those seats to diploma students.
"Last year's vacant first year BE seats are still available for diploma lateral entry students if they are interested to join any of our 10 government engineering colleges. Those interested can approach the respective Principals. The principals will take a list of students to the KEA, which will then facilitate the transfers based on merit. The fee paid by students in private colleges will be reimbursed by the KEA," said H U Talawar, Directorate of Technical Education.
Talawar advised students to approach the principals of government engineering colleges in Bangalore, Karwar, Ramanagaram, Hassan, K R Pet, Kushalnagar, Haveri, Chamarajanagar, Hoovina Hadagalli and Raichur.
Around 346 engineering seats are available for admissions in lateral entry.
On the lack of communication between the DTE and the KEA regarding the tracking of the vacant seats, Talawar said it was the duty of the Principals to inform the State government regarding vacant seats.
"There is no lack of communication. Our duties are clearly demarcated. Our job is that of a facilitator while the KEA conducts the admissions. It is wrong to expect us to ask them. We have to look into the affairs of hundreds of colleges. It was the duty of the principals to inform us of vacancies arising out of students not reporting to colleges or those who left after admissions," he said.
"I cannot say our colleges have the best infrastructure, but I can say that our colleges have the best faculty and our results have been consistent," Talawar added.