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COMED-K examination in May

BANGALORE, FEB. 26. The Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges in Karnataka (COMED-K) is likely to hold its all-India entrance examination in the second week of May, a couple of days before or after the Government conducts the Common Entrance Test (CET). This will help the CET students to take the examination. The Consortium will announce its examination and admission schedule next week. It will be on the lines of the CET.

Sixteen medical colleges, 19 dental and 29 engineering colleges have signed up for the consortium's test. Ten engineering colleges, which earlier opted for CET, have reportedly come back to the COMED-K.

The Supreme Court ruled last year that the management quota seats should be filled either by the State Government or an association representing all professional college managements. Only the consortium has so far offered to conduct a test.

Sources said the consortium's case was strengthened by a recent Government Order that barred religious and linguistic minority colleges from forming an association. The Adikeshavulu Trust had tried to form such a body bringing together 12 minority colleges. The consortium is hopeful that these colleges will now opt for its test.

Fee: All the colleges of the consortium submitted their fee structure to the State Government six weeks ago. The Justice Murgod Fee Committee will study these proposals.

Sources in the consortium said the notice inviting application forms for its entrance examination would carry the tentative fee structure of each member college.

The consortium had evolved a template for the fee structure, which has been sent to each member college. The colleges had to fill the templates based on their audit reports and infrastructure, as per the Supreme Court's regulations.

The consortium recently conducted a post-graduate entrance examination for medical courses. After a legal wrangle, the Karnataka High Court recently vacated the stay on announcing the test results.

R.L. Jalappa, Chairman of the consortium, told The Hindu that the entrance test for postgraduate courses proved the Consortium's ability to conduct an entrance examination impartially.

Dental colleges opt for CET,

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