The State Government has decided to hold Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate engineering courses as per State syllabus this year (2013).

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Minister for Higher Education C.T. Ravi said the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would not conduct CET in Karnataka as the State had introduced CBSE syllabus for first PU (11th standard) only this year (2012-13).

The government would hold consultations with the Election Commission of India and fix examination dates to ensure that upcoming elections to the Legislative Assembly would not disturb students who are appearing for the CET here. Like in the previous years, the CET would be conducted this year as per the State syllabus, the Minister said.

The AICTE would conduct all-India entrance test for engineering courses in 2014.

Asked about the entrance test for admission for MBBS course, the Minister said a case was before the Supreme Court and a decision on conducting all-India test or State CET would be decided after the court announced its verdict. The apex court is expected to hear the case on February 15.

He said a large number of government quota B.Ed. seats were vacant in private colleges, whose managements have approached the government to transfer those to them.

The government had ordered an enquiry by Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, to look into how such seats can remain vacant even as managements claimed that students are willing to pay more and get enrolled under management quota, the Minister said.

On appointment of Vice-Chancellor to Bangalore University, Mr. Ravi said the search committee had submitted a list of candidates to the Governor. He would meet the Governor on Saturday and discuss the issue, he said.

  • Government to hold talks with EC and fix exam dates

  • CET to be conducted as per the State syllabus