The COMEDK admission test will be combined with the Common Entrance Test (CET) and will be offered at the national level from 2019, the government of Karnataka said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the seat allocation will remain as it is, and the entry requirements will be determined by the ranking of students in the combined CET. The next step, according to Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan, is to determine how COMEDK and the CET would be combined. Minister Narayan said the modalities for merging COMED-K with CET will be worked out as the next action.
The higher education administration also limited the fee increase for private technical colleges to 10 percent for the current academic year, as opposed to the 25 percent demanded by the colleges. At a meeting at Vikasa Soudha in Bengaluru, Narayan and officials of the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association also decided not to charge additional fees.
According to Narayan, the organization initially asked for a 25 percent rate increase because “there had been no increase in the last two years, from 2020-21,” but they eventually settled on a 10 percent increase.
Students who have been awarded government seats at private technical institutes are subject to the tuition increase. The representatives of the private colleges assured the minister that they would support government action against colleges that collect additional fees in any way.
While the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) of the government conducts CET for admission to various undergraduate professional courses in the state, the entrance examination of the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) is for admission to undergraduate engineering courses at private engineering colleges in the state.
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