Bengaluru: In a significant move, the COMED – K (Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka) has scrapped its entrance test for admission to the private engineering colleges, from next year onwards. This would now be merged with the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for admission to engineering, pharmacy, agriculture and veterinary courses.
The decision was taken at a meeting held between the government and the managements of the private engineering colleges. Higher Education Minister Dr. CN Ashwathnaraya said that the allotment to the colleges under COMED – K too would be conducted by KEA.
Around 70,000 aspirants used to write the COMED – K entrance test for admission to 180 private colleges in the state. However, 12 institutions with minority status have refused the proposal. The Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Private Colleges Association said that they would conduct separate entrance test for admission to their colleges.