No Quota for Private Colleges under Lateral Entry Category
The State Government on Wednesday submitted to the Karnataka High Court that there was no quota for private engineering colleges when admissions were made under lateral entry for diploma students to engineering colleges.
The State Government made this submission when Justice S. Abdul Nazir was hearing petitions by the Association of Private Engineering Institutions in Karnataka challenging a notification by the State asking them to surrender seats not filled by diploma students under lateral entry quota.
Students who have completed diploma courses are eligible for direct entry to second year engineering courses provided they appeared and cleared the entrance test held for them.
The State Government computed the merit list under this category by taking 50 per cent of the marks a diploma student has obtained in the test (not the Common Entrance Test, but a separate test which is held every year) and adding it to the 50 per cent aggregate he has obtained in the diploma examination.
The State Government then prepares a merit list based on the performance of the candidate in the diploma course and the common test.
Students selected under this category are allotted colleges. Thus, there is no private quota and all admissions are made by the Government.
This contention was opposed by the association, which said it violated the consensual agreement that the private institutions and the Government had arrived at the fee structure and seat matrix for professional colleges.
Justice Nazir adjourned hearing of the case to next week.