Thursday, November 11, 2010

Website to help students get jobs, find colleges

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), which conducts common entrance test for engineering, medical and dental courses, will launch a comprehensive website offering information on colleges and job options.

Higher education minister V S Acharya who visited the KEA on Wednesday directed the authority to come out with a new portal integrating the placement cell, department of pre-university education and college information.

"The existing website of the KEA is run by the National Informatics Centre. We will start working on an independent website which will have information pertaining to admissions, exams, results, facilities at colleges and also job openings," KEA administrative officer S P Kulkarni said.

The newly set up placement cell at KEA already has 429 engineering students in 31 companies. Around 3,000 BE students have registered with the cell seeking job assistance.

The seat-selection process for CET will be expanded to more cities depending on the number of applicants next year. At present, the process is held in Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga and Shimoga. There is a proposal to start counselling in Bellary from next year. KEA will also take up counselling for B.Ed and D.Ed courses, Acharya said.

TENTATIVE DATES FOR CET 2011: KEA has announced the tentative dates for next year's CET. The exam will be held on April 27 and 28, 2011. The authority will now write to different examination conducting bodies to ensure that the dates do not clash with other entrance exams. The final notification will, however, be issued only in February, 2011. TOI

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