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BANGALORE: In keeping with what has become a tradition for medical college admissions in recent years, this year too the first round of the seat selection process for medical colleges will commence sans at least 600 seats on Monday.
Rendering the first round almost futile, given that only 1,276 medical seats, of the around 1,800, are being allocated (and preferences are likely to change when more seats come in), this process has brought great inconvenience and created ample confusion among students and parents in recent years.
Though the State Government blames this every year on the fact that the Medical Council of India's approvals do not come in on time — often delayed because these colleges do not make the cut in the first round mostly due to poor infrastructure — the net effect is that students are put through great hardship.
Five government colleges in Shimoga, Hassan, Bidar, Raichur and Mandya (with 100 seats each) have not obtained clearance.
Further, clearance for increasing intake in a few colleges has also not come through. A hike in seats was proposed in four medical colleges: Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences at Hubli, and Vijayangara Institute of Medical Sciences at Bellary. This is likely to account for an additional 300 seats, if clearance is given.
The CET counselling season will start on Monday with the medical/dental admissions being conducted simultaneously in seven centres across the State.
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has postponed counselling for Ayush courses. Students will have to wait for the second round for admissions. KEA officials said the plan was to completely defer the process till Round Two. They pointed out that clearance from the Central Council of Indian Medicine had not come through.
Even the engineering seat matrix has not been completely cleared. As many as 35 colleges are yet to submit their seat matrix and get clearance from the All India Council for Technical Education, sources in the Higher Education Department told The Hindu.
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