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Monday, February 23, 2009

Colleges submit merit lists for PG courses

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, MARCH 22. Representatives of 13 private medical and 12 private dental colleges in the State on Monday submitted their merit lists for postgraduate courses to the Venkataraman Committee, which is overseeing the entrance test for professional college admissions.

The committee has reportedly indicated that the colleges could go ahead with their admissions after the panel's approval of the merit list. Three more colleges are likely to submit their lists on Tuesday, sources in the Education Department said.

According to the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) Chairman, R.L. Jalappa, representatives of the consortium's member colleges on Monday argued before the panel that the postgraduate admissions came under the purview of the Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations of 2000. "We have every right to hold the entrance test as per the regulations," he told The Hindu.

Besides, since there was no decision yet on the fee structure, sharing of government and management quota seats and the seat matrix, COMED-K had decided to postpone the interview dates fixed earlier, he said.

Mr. Jalappa said fresh dates for the admission interviews would be announced soon in the newspapers. A final decision on the entrance test for undergraduate engineering, medical and dental courses would be taken after meeting the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, he said. An earlier meeting with Mr. Krishna had to be postponed because of his hectic schedule.

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