Karnataka to seek 5 Percent Increase in Engineering Lateral Entry Quota
The State Government will continue to appeal to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to increase the quota for lateral entry to second year of engineering courses from 10 to 15 per cent.
Last year, there were 9,762 seats on offer under the lateral entry quota. This year, State Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali pointed out, the seats have come down to 8,242 because the All India Council for Technical Education had rejected the State’s appeal to increase the quota.
Speaking at an award distribution ceremony where the government awarded gold medals and cash prizes to 13 diploma rank holders, Mr. Limbavali said that he had earlier discussed this issue with Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, and that he would once again visit Delhi to discuss this issue.
This year, around 16,865 diploma holders were given ranks for engineering admissions.
Mr. Limbavali pointed out that it was unfortunate that nearly 50 per cent of diploma holders had to be denied the right to quality technical education in the form of an engineering degree owing to some technicality in the rules.
“The Centre should recognise that this affects scores of middle-class and lower middle-class students,” he said.
Karthik J., who is among the first few aeronautical technology diploma holders in the State, said that he was eager to take a seat in aeronautical engineering.
“In diploma, we get a lot of practical training and we will enter the engineering course with a lot of practical knowledge in hand. That is certainly an advantage for us,” he said.
Another student, who did not wish to be named, said that it was his dream to be an engineer but took up diploma because he wanted to get “practical” knowledge like his father.
“Today, I realise that you need an engineering degree for a good job so I am applying for engineering even if it means waiting for three more years to get a job,” he said.
The counselling for engineering admission for diploma holders began at the Karnataka Examination Authority on Monday.