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2,442 medical seats for CET rankers

Published: 05th July 2013 02:23 PM

Last Updated: 05th July 2013 02:23 PM

In a huge respite to students, the government has announced an increase in the number of MBBS and BE seats for the 2013 academic year. As many as 2,442 MBBS and 51,222 BE seats under government quota will be available for eligible Common Entrance Test (CET) rank holders.

Minister for Medical Education Dr Sharan Prakash Patil told reporters on Thursday, “As many as 416 MBBS seats have been approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the same has been uploaded on Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) website for online options entry. In 2012,  there were 2,221 MBBS seats under government quota and the government is expecting another 221 MBBS seats to be approved by the MCI on or before July 15, taking the total number to 2,442.”

He added, “With the addition of 416 seats, the total will be 2,094 MBBS seats. The MCI approves seats in a phased manner and, as and when seats are confirmed, it will be added to the government quota for seat selection process.”

He said soon, 287 MBBS seats will also be added. “There are two more new medical colleges and seats from ESIC Medical Colleges in Gulbarga and Bangalore will also be added to the list before the second round of options entry,” Dr Patil said.

Three new colleges

The BGS Institute for Medical Sciences in Bangalore, Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Institute of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga, and Sridevi Medical College, Tumkur, will come up in the state.

Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said, “There are three new engineering colleges and three new architecture colleges coming up this year. Around 300 seats from Adarsh Institute of Engineering, Guru Basavappa College of Engineering and Vidya Vinayaka College and 160 seats from Impact School of Architecture, Sharadha School of Architecture and SJP college will be added to the government quota.”

The Higher Education Minister added that the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, Dental colleges-Karnataka (COMED-K) had agreed to change their schedule and will postpone the dates to surrender seats in the interest of students.

“For the first time, students will be able to make online fee payment for admission of CET courses like MBBS, BDS, ISMH and BSc Agriculture and there will be quick confirmation of seats,” Deshpande said.

‘No clarity on ISMH seats’

Vijayakumar Gogi, director, Department of AYUSH, said, “There will be a delay in clarity on approval of ISMH seats as the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council for Homeopathy will send reports in August. There were 995 government quota ISMH seats in 2012 and the same holds good for this year.”

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