Engineering admission: Kerala seeks more time as AICTE yet to extend deadline

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New Delhi: The Kerala government has approached the Supreme Court seeking one more month to complete the admission process for engineering courses.

The state has filed a special suit as the deadline of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to complete the admission process ends on 25 October.

The second allotment lists for admission to engineering and pharmacy courses are expected to be published on Wednesday evening itself as no relaxation has been given in the deadline.

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE), Kerala, had earlier announced that it would be published on October 19.

As reported earlier the AICTE order that the engineering admissions should be wrapped up before October 25 is likely to create headache for not just the students but for the colleges authorities too.

Many students who had secured admissions in the national institutes, including the IITs, are likely to take a call on their choices with the closure of the second allotment. Seats would then become vacant in many government engineering colleges. These seats should ideally go to the candidates who comes next in the rank list. However, deserving candidates may lose these seats if the admission process is closed now.

The management of the self-financing colleges too are worried that the swift admission process may leave thousands of engineering seats vacant.

It is in this context the Kerala government has sought more time to complete the admission process. As is well known the qualifying entrance tests for professional courses, including those for engineering, were being held late in view of the overall disarray caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the first allotment for admissions to IITs and NITs would be published on 27 October.  

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