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KEAM: Second Allotment may be delayed

By Vinod Nedumudy

Kochi, June 16, 2010: The Second Allotment of the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical (KEAM-2010) admissions is likely to be delayed. While announcing the First Allotment on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations said that "the schedule for Second Allotment will be published in due course." (repeat due course).

This statement has left a lot to ambuiguity and reliable sources indicated that the Second Allotment is likely to be delayed - perhaps into the second week of July - unless the Government decides otherwise.  This is because five medical colleges that are part of The Kerala Private Medical College Management Association, that has entered into an agreement with the State Government for allotment from the CEE's list, are yet to get the mandatory recognition of the Council that has come in the place of the debunked Medical Council of India.

The Council has completed its inspection and the deadline for submitting its report is July 15. If the Government remains firm on including these five colleges in the second allotment, then one can expect the allotment to go up to the second week of July.  "The Government has promised to include the 11 colleges under the association in the Second Allotment," Dr Fazal Gafoor, president of the association told Mathrubhumi Education on Wednesday evening. These 11 colleges were not included in the first allotment since they had not arrived at an agreement with the government by then.

When contacted CEE Maoji told Mathrubhumi Education that he was yet to receive any directions on declaring the Second Allotment schedule. It is to be noted that the deadline for fourth allotment for engineering admission as per the govt-private self financing management association is 15th July. The agreement states that there should not be any admission from govt quota after July 21.

Several students, especially engineering aspirants, are already jittery over the schedule of the Second Allotment. Many of them had already gained admission into the Catholic engineering colleges in branches which were not suited to them. They are hopeful of getting a good branch in the CEE's second allotment which they expect to come before July 1, when the Catholic colleges are expected to begin classes. July 1 has been set as a deadline by the Catholic colleges to refund the fees of students who wish to opt out. If the second allotment does not materialise within this deadline, then these parents and students will be landing in huge trouble or disappointment vis-a-vis their future and finances.

Moreover several students in the engineering streams have given options for the sake of giving it and the weeding out process of unnecessary candidates could be done in the first allotment and a clear picture emerges for genuine candidates in the second allotment. Thus Second Allotment assumes a lot of significance for a lot of candidates

There is enough time for the government and the CEE to take a correct decision especially taking into consideration the fate of a vast majority of engineering aspirants. The last date for remitting fee in the first allotment is June 21 and the AIEEE allotment will come four days after that (June 25). If the Second Allotment comes just after that, the government will be meeting the wishes of the engineering aspirants and clearly making the way for the right candidates to join NITs, Kerala and the Christian managements' seats. Whether the State Government and its Education Minister M A Baby will show the wisdom for that  remains to be seen. If the new Medical Council panel report comes within a week, then every issue will be automatically solved.

The CBSE which conducts AIEEE and AIPMT Examinations has already divided the engineering and medical streams with the two examinations. The CBSE has already published the allotment schedule for two, but Kerala is yet to show any such wisdom. All India Medical Counseling based on AIPMT will begin tomorrow  ie; 17th June.

(Mail your reaction to vinodnedumudy@gmail.com)

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