The directorate of National Cadet Corps (NCC) of Goa and Karnataka has sought increase in quota in professional colleges in the state. The demand as placed by the directorate is that the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), which conducts CET, to consider the demand from the next academic year as more students in NCC want to pursue professional course. As per recent statistics, the number of candidates in NCC has gone up from 58,000 to 78,000 and 15 lakh NCC cadets in the country. This increased number wants for the number of seats reserved for them to go up for pursuing their choice of courses.
Many eligible candidates were not getting engineering and medical seats under NCC quota as the seats reserved for them in CET was not adequate for the past few years. The director, Karnataka and Goa NCC directorate, Col MG Venkatesh stated that at present, around 400 engineer ing and 10 medical seats are reserved under the quota and very few seats are reserved in this category in veterinary science, dental and other courses. So KEA should increase the quota in engineering and medical courses. Karnataka has become the only state in the country which is offering NCC quota in professional courses.
Those eligible for the quota include those who have participated in the Republic Day parade in Delhi with a `B’ certificate while studying class XI to 1st year of any undergraduate course are eligible for reservation. When reached 13 years of age, students are allowed to join the NCC. SN Gangadhariah, administrative officer, KEA stated, “We had a meeting with NCC officials and also the government on increasing the quota. The NCC directorate has been asked to submit its proposal directly to the government.”
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