BANGALORE: Thousands of medical and engineering seat aspirants had gathered at the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) on Friday to know about their college choices, but returned disappointed.
The KEA says it has not received comprehensive seat details for 2014-15. This may lead to a delay in the admission process, an official hinted. “If the higher education and medical education departments don’t send the details by Saturday morning, we won’t be able to keep to our schedules,” he said.
The KEA needs at least eight to ten hours to upload seat data to its website.
“As the counselling is online, we need to upload a college-wise seat matrix,” he said. The KEA has complained to the medical education and higher education departments about the delay. “They said they would speed up the process,” a source said.
According to the KEA schedule, the option entry for students should be active from 11 am on Monday and remain operative till June 20. For this to happen, the KEA will have to upload the seat matrix by 4 pm on Sunday.
Dr S S Harasoor, director of medical education, said, “We will send the details to the KEA soon.” It may not be so easy. The medical education department is in the dark over the enhancement of seat capacity.
The Medical Council of India has refused permission for additional seats, but the state government says it will convince it to change its mind.
“We will send the existing data now. Once we get clearance for additional seats, we will send the details afresh for the second round,” Harasoor said.
Meanwhile, candidates are anxious. A medical seat aspirant told Express, “COMED-K starts its first round from June 26. If the KEA delays the process, it will be difficult to manage the multiple schedules.”