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36 dental colleges opt for parallel CET

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, MARCH 15. Thirty-six unaided dental colleges will fill their management quota seats through the parallel Common Entrance Test (CET) to be conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka. The managements of these colleges are part of the Karnataka Private Dental Colleges' Association.

"Our association decided to join the consortium to protect the interests of the students, their parents and the institutions," L.K. Raju, president of the association, told presspersons here on Monday.

He justified the association's decision not to fill the seats through the CET conducted by the State Government, contending that there was no response from the latter or its CET Cell to the plea of the managements to allow them to conduct the admission process. "It looks as though the Government is not interested in implementing the essence of the Supreme Court judgment, which is binding on one and all," he said.

Quoting the 2002 Supreme Court judgment, Mr. Raju said the State agency should fill the merit quota seats based on a counselling process, while it had to prepare only the merit list for the management quota seats. The CET Cell recently clarified that the colleges opting for its test should allow it to conduct the admission process, including counselling.

The association wanted the cell only to publish the rank list, based on which students could apply to the institutions of their choice and get counselled at the college level. The managements could do the counselling and admit students on the basis of an "inter se merit list" (merit list prepared by the colleges based on the CET rank list). This, Mr. Raju said, was communicated to the cell and the Government in a resolution. "But there was no response from them."

Mr. Raju said the Government should have created a platform for the managements and legal experts to get a clear picture of the Supreme Court judgment. The association's request to include its members in the Government's fee structure and admission committees was ignored.

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