Karnataka COMEDK, KCET to be combined 2023 onwards: Department of Higher Education

Harshith Gowda | Created | June 23, 2022, 21:14 IST

The department of higher education, Karnataka, has decided to limit the fee hike of private colleges by 10%.

Karnataka COMEDK, KCET: From 2023 onwards, students will no longer have to give separate entrance examinations for admission to the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka as the government of Karnataka has decided to combine COMEDK with the state-level examination, Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET), to form a Common Entrance Test (CET), which will be conducted all over India.

As per the information released, students will be recognised as eligible for admission to the universities affiliated with CET on the basis of the marks obtained in the new country-level test. The seat-sharing procedure however will not change.

According to the new guidelines released, the department of higher education has decided to limit the fee hike of private colleges by 10% instead of the 25% that was suggested by the colleges for the session of 2022–2023.

Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan and Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association representatives came to the final conclusion that no other fees should be collected further in a meeting which was conducted at Vikasa Soudha in Bengaluru. For the past two years, there has been no increase in the fees. Therefore, the committee has come to the conclusion that the fees should be increased by 10%.

Candidates must note that the hike in the fees is applicable for those students who have been allocated seats that have been reserved by the government in the private universities. The representatives of the private universities gave their assurance to support the norms of the government against collecting extra fees in any form to the minister of higher education.

Representatives have also taken an oath on abiding by the laws and help the government in its aim to take legal measures against authorities who have used additional ways to collect fees.

The next step of action is to determine common grounds on which the two exams, COMEDK and KCET will be combined to form one Common Entrance Exam which will be offered at national level.

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