Even as postgraduate management colleges are determined to conduct their own test to fill up all their seats, the Department of Higher Education seems confident that it has garnered enough numbers through the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) to fill up 50 per cent government seats.
Higher Education principal secretary Rajneesh Goel ruled out the claim of Karnataka Private Postgraduate Colleges’ Association (KPPGCA) that they would fill up 100 per cent seats through their own Karnataka Management Aptitude Test, which is scheduled to be held July 21.
“It is true that they have a High Court order in their favour to conduct the KMAT, but that does not mean they can fill up even the 50 per cent government quota seats. We have had three CMATs and we will use those scores to fill up government quota,” Goel told reporters.
However, the KPPGCA has argued that the CMAT has lost its validity with the recent Supreme Court decree that the All India Council for Technical Education, which conducted the CMAT, was only an advisory body with no control over management education. “We will convene a meeting with these colleges in a day or two,” Goel said.
Minister for Higher Education R V Deshpande said the government was determined to “discipline” higher education in the state, and that it plans to start by introducing a common examination calendar across state universities.