Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Admission to professional colleges in Karnataka commenced with seat allotments to students under the category of people with disabilities.

In all, 129 professional seat aspirants turned up at the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) premises from across the State to seek admissions to 13 medical seats, three dental seats, one Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy and 155 engineering seats.

After appearing before the medical board, 94 candidates were declared eligible for selection under the disabled category.

The medical examination was conducted by specialists from Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology and E.N.T Departments. Students and their parents waited anxiously outside the KEA premises all day for their turn. Aspiring doctor Anusha Reddy, who uses a wheelchair, has been allotted 11th rank. “Since there are 13 seats I know I will get a seat. I am happy that I could fulfil my dream,” she said.

Ms. Reddy did her pre-university course privately, and had not been able to attend college for over a year. She now looks forward to attending medical college. A confident S. Tharun Shekhar from Bangalore, short-listed for an engineering seat, was happy with the arrangements, and was all praise for the “very helpful CET officials”. “I am confident of getting a seat. I always wanted to do computer science engineering,” said the boy, who has been using crutches ever since he injured his leg in a road accident last year.

Medical seats

In the engineering counselling process, many were dejected at not getting a seat of their choice.

Gauri Rastogi lamented that though she may get a seat in engineering, she would not make the cut for a computer science seat in any Bangalore college.

“Yes, we are given plenty of seats but sometimes not of our choice. Since I need help to travel around, I cannot choose a seat outside the city,” she said. At the end of counselling, one medical seat, three dental seats, one ISM&H seat and 85 engineering seats remained unfilled.