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CET candidates make online dash
published on : 04/07/2013
Category : Higher Education
BANGALORE: When the CET gates finally opened at 11.45pm Tuesday for students to enter their options, there was a flood. By 6pm Wednesday, the number of options entered by seat aspirants was over 14 lakh. Some 31,645 candidates filled in their options on Day 1, which is nearly half the total number of students registered. The number of candidates eligible for seat selection is 71,777. While around 1,37,304 options were entered for medical, the figures were over 12 lakh for engineering. Interestingly, 63,000 entries were made for agriculture, that was introduced under the CET umbrella for the first time. However, there were no entries for the Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy. For students, the confusion persisted. Their dilemma was whether they should block a seat through ComedK or wait for confirmation from CET. Day 2 of counselling at ComedK was marred by chaos. The counselling, meant to start at 8am, began by 11am Wednesday, and was expected to go on till late night. "The delay was because of the large number of students who had gathered for seat selection on Wednesday. There were five sessions slotted with around 1,000 students in all," said AS Srikanth, chief executive, ComedK. HN Rathore, a parent from Patna, said: "There was a big crowd and a lot of congestion. The authorities couldn't manage them as they had expected to." The general merit seats available sold like hot cakes, with all the seats taken up in the first session for ranks starting from 2001. However, 17 Tulu seats in SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, and 61 seats under the Christian quota in Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, were left over after counselling. It also threw up a new trend: a big demand for dental seats. "As of 8pm, 319 seats of the 744 were picked up by students. A majority have even confirmed them, and many candidates are from Kerala. Experts in the field say the nursing trend in Kerala has moved to dental now," said Srikanth. FEE WILL BE REFUNDED, SAYS MINISTER Here's good news for those confused about whether to put down lakhs of rupees on a seat, or wait. Higher education minister RV Deshpande said the government will ensure no student who is entitled to a CET seat, but has paid up for a ComedK seat, will lose the amount paid. "We'll ensure that colleges refund the fees if the student gets a CET seat. Students will not lose their money. I understand the process was delayed but there will be no more confusion or inconvenience. The admission process will be smooth," he told TOI. Stating that all admissions would be completed before July 27, Deshpande said the government requested ComedK not to go ahead with the seat selection process before the CET seat matrix was finalized. "Legally, they are not allowed to start the process without the government beginning CET counselling. But I don't want to make it an issue. Their argument was that students had already arrived in Bangalore and they couldn't put off the process. Our only aim was to have more medical seats for students, so we waited for the Medical Council of India to sanction the additional seats."
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