KEA considering an additional round of counseling for engineering

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is contemplating the possibility of conducting an additional round of counselling for engineering courses aimed at filling vacant seats for UG-CET candidates. This forthcoming process is expected to be conducted offline, allowing students to visit the KEA office in person to select their preferred seats.

According to KEA, out of the total 68,000 seats available, approximately 58,000 have already been allocated to students through three rounds of counselling. The results of the second extended round were released with some delay on a Wednesday night.

Compared to the previous year, there is a higher number of students who have secured seats. Ramya S, the executive director of KEA, stated, “Last year, approximately 50,000 students enrolled in colleges. This time, we anticipate that at least 55,000 students will join colleges.”

However, despite the higher number of students, there are still around 10,000 vacant seats. The decision to conduct another round of counselling will depend on the demand for seats in particular streams. Ramya S explained, “If the vacant seats are in less popular streams, we might not hold another round. But if there is significant demand for seats in certain streams, we will provide students with another opportunity to select seats by visiting our office.”

KEA had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court seeking an extension of the last date for admission to engineering courses until October 15. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had previously set September 15 as the deadline, although classes in colleges had already commenced.

Meanwhile, students who need to report to colleges expressed concerns about potential disruptions due to a bandh (strike) affecting their travel. This occurred after the announcement of vacant seats results for UG-NEET. The deadline for MBBS admissions is September 30. Ramya S reassured, “We had already informed students to be prepared with Demand Drafts (DDs). They can report to colleges by October 1.

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