Bengaluru: The Karnataka Examination Authority(KEA), website not carrying 845 government quota seats from 11 medical colleges came as a jolt to many an aspiring NEET qualifiers of Karnataka.
The Medical Education Department’s failure saw KEA make do with an incomplete list, with missing 845 seats from the merit quota, uploaded on its website on Thursday.
Not mincing words, the KEA when asked about the missing seats by the students, promptly put the blame on the Medical Education Department.
“We were shocked as it would mean we go under the management quota where the fees is nearly six to eight times higher than that of a merit seat. A merit seat fee is Rs 77,000 while management quota is Rs 6.32 lakh,” said students.
The error was noticed by the students on the KEA website, on Thursday morning. Most of the removed colleges were found to be under the linguistic minority category .
The name of some linguistic minority colleges whose names have been removed from the seat matrix include: Vydehi Medical College and Research Centre in Whi tefield with 62 seats under the government merit quota, MVJ Medical College and Research Hospital in Hoskote with 38 seats, and Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital at Kambipura, with 38 seats
The candidates and their parents pointed out that the names of these 11 colleges with 845 seats were included on the KEA website.
A techie and father of an aspiring medical candidate, said: “While the brochure has 53 medical colleges offering 3,282 seats under the government merit quota, we were dumbfound to see only 42 colleges offering 2,437 seats under the government quota on the KEA website after the medical seat matrix was published.”
“There isn’t any error in our website and names of these institutes have been removed as per the list sent to us by the director of medical education. The list did not contain names of these institutes and hence we did not publish them. However, we are not aware of the reason why the names of these institutes have been removed,” K S Manjunath, Executive Director, KEA told TOI.