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CET Cell to go ahead with counselling

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BANGALORE, APRIL 26. Despite the controversy over the increase in fee for postgraduate medical and dental courses, the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell here will go ahead with counselling for the government quota of postgraduate medical seats on Tuesday morning. The counselling and seat selection process will be held for ranks 1 to 800 on the first day.

Postgraduate seat aspirants have indicated that they will be present on the CET Cell premises when the process begins.

The candidates were assigned ranks on the basis of their performance in an entrance examination conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) in February.

Junior doctors (postgraduates and house-surgeons) had boycotted work in government hospitals on Saturday and Sunday protesting against the increase in the fee. However, the strike was called off on Sunday night after the doctors decided to approach the Karnataka High Court seeking restoration of the last year's fee structure. The A.B. Murgod Fee Committee had tentatively fixed the fees at Rs. 2 lakh per annum for postgraduate medical and dental courses.

Based on the high court's interim order asking the Government to restore last year's seat-sharing ratio for postgraduate dental seats, at least two private unaided dental colleges have reportedly offered 80 per cent of the seats under the management quota.

The State Government, it is learnt, is planning to challenge the interim order.

M.S. Ramaiah Dental College, which had already filled its postgraduate dental seats on the 50:50 basis, has issued a fresh notification asking the aspirants in the waiting list to pick up the additional 30 per cent seats.

Meanwhile, the associations of medical, engineering, and dental colleges, in a letter to the Venkataraman panel overseeing professional college admissions, has argued that the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka is part of the associations and at no point of time has it been indicated that the consortium is a separate agency.

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