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March 21, 2009

CET mandatory for dental seats this year

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Aspirants for BDS courses in the State will now have to clear the common entrance test (CET) to obtain seats for the year 2009-10...

The government on Friday withdrew its earlier decision to scrap the CET for BDS and the Indian System of Medicine (ISM) courses. The election code of conduct has prevented the government from enacting legislation to cancel CET.

Minister for Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda told reporters that the Cabinet decision on March 5 to scrap CET for BDS and ISM courses was taken as seats in several colleges, including the Government Dental College at Bellary, were not filled. “But, before we could enact the legislation, elections were declared and the code of conduct came into existence. Now, the students will have to write CET. If the seats are not filled through CET, then the college concerned can admit students on a first-come-first-served basis, taking the second PUC final exam marks into consideration. A Cabinet approval will be taken in the next two to three days to this effect,” the minister clarified.

Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) officials confirmed that in lieu of the government’s decision, the examination and counselling dates for these courses will be as specified in the application/brochure issued for this year. According to the minister, the Bellary Dental College could fill only three seats out of the 50 last year. The rest of the seats were filled after the local representatives took permission from the government.
Interestingly, the huge vacancy of seats in dental colleges across the State leaves open the possibility that a student, who is willing to take risk, can directly get admitted without opting for CET.

On being asked if any change of dates was being considered, as CET examinations in the State and Maharashtra were being conducted on the same date, the minister said he was not aware of the matter and would look into it.

50 dental students admitted without CET

Jeopardising the career of 50 students by admitting them to the BDS course without the mandatory common entrance test (CET), the medical education department, with its unilateral step, has gone against the legislation enacted by the State Government as well as the Dental Council of India (DCI) clauses, reports DHNS from Bangalore. source:

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