Though the state government has decided to go ahead with National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for under-graduate medical courses in the state, the right for seat allotment, fee structure and seat sharing will rest with the state.
State Medical Education minister SA Ramdas on Wednesday said, “The centre will just conduct the exam and provide us the list of candidates eligible for seats in Karnataka. Following this, we will allot the seats through Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), like every year,” Ramdas said.
Even the fee structure for the course will be decided by the state government by discussing the same with the private professional college managements. “As per the norm, those who secure 50% in NEET will be eligible for a seat. So, once the list of eligible candidates is released, we will start the seat allotment process through online,” he said.
However, the list of non-Karnataka students will come separately under all-India quota. The department is waiting for the Supreme Court direction in this matter, to take any further steps. “Many private colleges have filed a case and that is coming up for hearing before Supreme Court on November 21. Following that we will start communicating with the private managements,” Ramdas said.
Seven more medical
The state will be opening seven more medical colleges at Chamarajnagar, Tumkur, Haveri, Chitradurga, Koppal, Gadag and Mercara. The government has issued an official order and the colleges will start functioning from the year 2013-14.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) committee is expected to visit these colleges in January 2013. These colleges will have a 250-bed hospital, 20 acres of land and Rs5 crore fund at hand.
Cancer centre at 9 colleges
The state medical education department is starting Tertiary Cancer Centre in nine medical colleges with the aim of providing facilities for early detection of the disease. For this purpose, the centre is providing Rs50 crore and state will spend Rs10 crore on these centres. Meanwhile, the department is setting up malnutrition wards in all the 10 medical colleges in the state.