AICTE obliges state, students get one more counselling round
Acceding to the request of Karnataka, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has extended the last date for admissions to engineering courses in the state to January 15.
Announcing this in a press note on Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, who is also Minister for Higher Education, said the new date allows for one more round of counselling. The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) will announce the date of counselling soon, he added.
A final opportunity will be given for surrender of seats to students who have already got engineering seats but do not wish to take the course. But students who get seats in the coming mop-up round will not be given a chance to surrender their seats. They will have to get admitted by paying the stipulated fee or else pay a fine of five times the fee, the DCM clarified.
On Wednesday, the Department of Higher Education had written to the chairman of AICTE seeking time till January 15 for admissions to professional courses as one more round of counselling was required to provide an opportunity for admission to vacant seats.
According to the department, students had requested one more round of counselling so that they could be given a last chance to elect the courses left over. Further, KUPECA (Karnataka Unaided Private Education Colleges Association) had requested extending the date to January 15 for admissions to engineering and architecture courses.
Earlier, December 31 was the last day to get admission to professional courses.