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COMEDK will be merged with KCET from 2023


CN Ashwath Narayan, the minister of higher education for Karnataka, presided over a meeting on Wednesday that produced an unexpected outcome. Beginning in 2023, KCET scores will be used for all state-wide engineering and medicine admissions instead of COMEDK. For the purpose of allocating places in both private and unaided engineering schools, only the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (CET) administered by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will be held.

For admission to approximately 190 unaided private engineering colleges in Karnataka, COMEDK UGET was previously held on a national basis. The Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) administers admission exams for undergraduate students. (UGET). It is an independent organization that has been given the task of organizing UGET by KUPECA and KPCF (Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation - Medical & Dental). (Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association).

On June 19, COMEDK 2022 was administered, and over 57,000 pupils took part. The final answer key will be made accessible on June 30 after the provisional answer keys have been made public. On July 5, the outcome will be announced. This year, there won't be any hassles with admissions; instead, COMEDK UGET results will be used. It will be combined with KCET starting in 2019 and administered as an all-India test.

COMEDK Disagrees

According to reports, COMEDK, who was not present at the conference, disagreed with this choice. Additionally, it is said that Panduranga Shetty, the president of KUPECA, did not attend the conference. He has stated that COMEDK can continue to operate as long as it chooses to do so and that KUPECA is not authorized to speak for COMEDK regarding the continuation of UGET exams.

Why is COMEDK and KCET merging?

Manjunath Bahandary, a KUPECA representative, claimed that "ComedK was only being used by a small number of excellent colleges. Many seats in other schools were becoming vacant as students switched from ComedK to CET or the other way around. The counselling plans did not align with one another. It is preferable that we take just one test.

The elimination of the need for numerous entrance exams will also be a huge relief for the students as a result of this move.

Additionally, it has been stated that for the academic year 2022–2023, the cost of CET seats will rise by 10%.

For admission to engineering, medical, and dental programmes provided by colleges affiliated with the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association, COMEDK was established in 2004–2005. (KUPECA). However, since NEET became a requirement for MBBS admissions, COMEDK has only offered UGET for engineering degree admissions until this year.