Karnataka’s minister of Higher Education, CN Ashwath Narayan, communicated through a press note to merge the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) admission test with the Common Entrance Test (CET) from next year.
However, the COMEDK governing authorities are not clear on the decision.
The meeting was conducted with the representatives of the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA). However, the CEO of COMEDK was left uninvited.
With the elimination of COMEDK, the admission to the different Medical, Engineering and Dental colleges in Karnataka will be based on the merit of CET. The eligibility for the respective colleges will be decided on the rank a candidate has secured in the test. The seat-sharing process will be left unchanged.
According to Ashwath Narayan, the process of merging the two exams is the next course of action for the Karnataka government.
In addition, the fee hike demand for engineering courses has been capped at 10%. Earlier, the colleges demanded to raise it by 25% for the current academic year (2022-2023).
The Education Minister, however, suggested colleges not to collect any additional fees other than the hiked fee. The fee hike applies to the government seats allotted in the private colleges.
KUPECA representatives also agreed to voluntarily help the government take legal action against the colleges charging any additional fee. Colleges are required not to impose additional fees by any other means.