KEA to launch a website to help students get jobs
The Karnataka Examinations Authority is contemplating an expansion of the academic information set-up. A website will be started that will help various government departments and agencies for recruiting.
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), which conducts common entrance test for engineering, medical and dental courses, will launch a comprehensive website offering information on colleges and job options. Higher education minister V S Acharya who visited the KEA on Wednesday directed the authority to come out with a new portal integrating the placement cell, department of pre-university education and college information. "The existing website of the KEA is run by the National Informatics Centre. We will start working on an independent website which will have information pertaining to admissions, exams, results, facilities at colleges and also job openings,” KEA administrative officer S P Kulkarni said.
T he newly set up placement cell at KEA already has 429 engineering students in 31 companies. Around 3,000 BE students have registered with the cell seeking job assistance. The seat-selection process for CET will be expanded to more cities depending on the number of applicants next year. At present, the process is held in Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga and Shimoga. There is a proposal to start counselling in Bellary from next year. KEA will also take up counselling for B.Ed and D.Ed courses, Acharya said.
Acharya also said that he was holding a meeting with the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) office bearers on Friday for arriving at a decision on conducting a single CET next year for students in both the government and private colleges registered under it. Last year, the private colleges surrendered more than 5,000 engineering seats to the Government after they found no takers. Hence, a common CET would be beneficial to the private colleges as well.
The Government has, for the past two years, held talks with private managements and consortia led by COMED-K to revert to a single-window admission system. This would mean that students will need to appear for only one qualifying examination for admissions to all professional courses in Karnataka. Currently, students appear for two examinations: the Common Entrance Test and the Undergraduate Entrance Test (UGET conducted by COMED-K).