The Karnataka state government is working on a new proposal that may bring the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) within the ambit of the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). According to government sources, the proposal, if implemented upon, will help authorities streamline admissions to postgraduate medical programs in a much better way.
As of now, the responsibility of conducting the PGET is with the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Apart from handling the responsibility to the KEA, the government is also planning to turn the test into an online exam.
According to reports, the move is aimed to bring more transparency in the way the exam is conducted as well as in the counselling procedure of PG medical admissions.
The KEA is currently tasked with conducting entrance exams and counselling for undergraduate dental, engineering and medical courses. In addition, the agency also oversees diploma and management courses. This year, the state government also included undergraduate farm science courses within KEA’s ambit.Meanwhile, the government has already started discussing the required amendments to the Karnataka Conduct of Entrance Test for Selection and Admission to PG Medical and Dental Degree Courses Rules, 2006. Major changes are likely to be proposed, including introduction of a new rule that says applicants must have studied in Karnataka for at least 7 years to be eligible to appear in the exam. Apart from that, talks are also believed to be going on for making the counselling procedure more or less similar to the undergraduate CET.
It may take approximately two months till the process is finalized. For expediating the process, the authorities in the Medical Education Departments is also planning to set up a couple of committees to oversee important aspects such as admission and exam fees.