The Government of Karnataka on Wednesday announced that from next year the COMEDK entrance test will be merged with the Common Entrance Test (CET) and will be administered at the all-Indian level.
Eligibility for admission will be based on the ranking students achieve in the combined CET, and the division of places will continue as it currently does. KN Higher Education Minister Ashwat Narayan said that the terms for COMEDK’s merger with CET would be worked out as the next course of action.
The Department of Higher Education also limited fee increases at private engineering colleges to 10 percent, compared to the 25 percent requested by colleges for the current academic year. In a meeting between Narayan and Karnataka Association of Private Engineering Colleges at Vikasa Sudha in Bangalore, it was also decided not to charge any other fees.
Narayan said the association demanded a 25% increase in fees “as there was no increase in the last two years, 2020-21, but in the end they agreed to a 10% increase.
The fee increase applies to students who have been allocated public places in private engineering colleges.
Representatives of private colleges assured the minister that they would support the government’s action against colleges that charge additional fees by any means.
COMEDK stands for Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka.