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CET counselling to resume tomorrow

Bangalore Aug. 26. The process of counselling for seats in engineering colleges by the CET Cell will be resumed on Thursday and held on Sundays also. Counselling will be conducted for 1,500 students daily, instead of 1,000, to make up for the time lost.

The process is expected to be completed by the end of next month or first week of October so that the deadline for commencement of the academic session this year can be adhered to by and large.

This was announced here today by the Minister for Higher Education, G. Parameshwar. Addressing presspersons who met him, he denied there was any deal with the Government agreeing to increase the intake in private colleges in return for college managements giving 75 per cent of seats to it this year. The Supreme Court had said that in case admissions were done already on a certain basis, it could be permitted, he pointed out.

Replying to a question whether the Government had to inform the court about the understanding between it and the managements on seat sharing this year, Dr. Parameshwar said the Government would act on the basis of legal opinion. However, he saw no difficulty in implementing the seat sharing formula, as the aggrieved party — college managements — had accepted it in the interest of students, he added.

The Minister said that as far as medical and dental seats were concerned, counselling was over, and some colleges had already announced commencement of the academic session from October 1.

The Government would set up two committees, one to regulate admissions and another to evolve the fee structure for next year.

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