KCET applicability (Dec 2013) as per Karnataka Act 8 of 2006

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KCET applicability (Dec 2013) as per Karnataka Act 8 of 2006

Postby arushya » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:06 am

Though the Karnataka CM had indicated one direction for K-CET in Aug 2013, by the time the implementation has come out in Dec 2013, it is in an entirely opposite direction!!! What is the intention of implementing the 2006 Act in order to eliminate K-CET quota is private colleges admission? It is perplexing which factor / section of the society is getting advantaged by this implementation?
The KARNATAKA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (REGULATION OF ADMISSION AND DETERMINATION OF FEE) ACT, 2006 section 2 (i) clearly define "Government seats" as all the seats in Government colleges, university constituent colleges, such number of the seats in Private Aided Professional Educational Institutions as may be notified by State Government and such number of the seats in unaided minority and non-minority professional educational institutions as may be notified by the State Government in accordance with the consensus arrived at between the private professional educational institutions and the State Government. This definition was fitting the seat sharing ratio followed between Government and private in private colleges. This was not meant to eliminate Govt seat / CET seats in private colleges.
The noble act 8 of 2006 says that the total government seats in all colleges so defined shall be filled through State CET, and other than government seats barring the NRI quota, in all colleges shall be filled by a single common All India entrance, conducted at State level.
If one reads the Karnataka Act No. 8 of 2006, it is very clearly NOT for eliminating the CET quota in private college admissions, but in fact for UNIFYING the private admissions, by bringing in single entrance in place of the many entrances being propagated by different colleges / consortiums / deemed universities. The target was never the State CET, but the other than CET means of private admissions, which had much room for unfair and manipulative practices. The unification of private entrance to one test and conduct of that in a transparent & fair manner is the crux of that act. However, the way it is being implemented now is defeating its entire purpose and surrendering complete professional colleges admission to the discretion of private management.
About reservation and NRI quota, the Act says that in private institutions, 50% seats shall be reserved for SC/ST/OBC from the State and remaining 50% shall be general merit. Of general merit seats, upto 15% maybe filled from NRI. The simple calculation is 15% of 50%, ie 7.5% of total to be filled as NRI. However the implementation has conveniently interpreted this as total 15% seats, effectively restricting general merit students to just 35% of seats.
This way of implementing the well thought out well meaning Act, is not benefiting the students or any sector of the society other than the exhorbitantly wealthy and the private management-

1) The meritorious students are clearly at disadvantage since this is drastically reducing the merit quota in state professional colleges. While previously the unaided colleges had CET quota & management entrance quota put together about 60% of total seats open for merit, now the same shall be down to 35% of total seats.

2) The reservation category students are getting more seats reserved, but no advantage on fee front since the understanding is that reservation candidates also will pay the open quota fees for the private colleges, which would obviously be high.

3) The Karnataka students are disadvantaged since this is opening out the largest chunk of best professional education in Karnataka completely to All India competition. Each state would try to retain the maximum for state's own students, while the All India candidates could have been restricted to the cream as earlier through All India entrance quotas, and the private common entrance quotas.

4)When the reservation seats also have to be claimed by those who can pay the hefty fees, it might default to K-CET, but again can the category candidates from K-CET pay the high fees? Then wouldn't it again be filled by lower ranks from private entrance? Compromising the merit level and substituting the higher payment capacity of a student who could be of much lower merit and from an outside state, while the better merit students of Karnataka in the rank list of K-CET would be deprived of a rightful professional seat.

5) The private colleges of Karnataka have improved over time since the K-CET quota in private colleges always ensured real good students from all sections of society had a chance to enter the good private institutions, irrespective of their financial background, in turn improving the institutions also. However, now that possibility is cut off completely, merit level of the students would be much lower at intake itself and hence the private college education standard would also suffer.

Looks like the Karnataka Act 8 of 2006 has been interpreted to the convenience of highly powerful private management pressure and getting implemented only to favor the legalising of capitation. True, out-wardly the management quota is reduced to just 15% NRI seats, but in fact the management quota earlier was just 20% payment seats and upto another 40% through private entrance but with government regulated fee. But now, the entire legal intake through single entrance test would be with admission & annual fees as decided by the private management, in effect turning the entire 100% seats to legalised capitation seats.

It is high time the State Government studies the various aspects of the 2006 Act in its real sense and reviews the way they are implementing it in this progressing State of Karnataka. Are we encouraging education for the progress of the State or curtailing merit and in turn propagating the wealth market in professional colleges?
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