Stating that the directorate of technical education is yet to implement the reservation quota for the economically weaker sections, director of technical education Vivek Kamat on Monday said the directorate has started on Monday the first round of admissions for various professional colleges in Goa, and is going ahead with existing number of seats in these colleges, with no increase in seats in any of these institutions yet.
“Today we started admissions for engineering and pharmacy colleges, while the admissions for the Goa Medical College will begin in July,” Kamat added, pointing out that the professional colleges in the state need to inform the directorate of technical education, if increase in the number of their seats has been allowed by the Medical Council of India, the All India Council for Technical Education, the Dental Council of India, the Pharmacy Council of India and so on.
“At this point of time, the directorate of technical education has not received any communication from any professional college in Goa, as regards permission granted to them by their respective central councils, for hiking the number of seats,” he observed, informing that if these colleges do write to the directorate of technical education about such an occurrence, before the end of the ongoing rounds of admissions, then the directorate could include these additional seats in the admission process.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, the director of technical education said the GMC had in the past applied to the Medical Council of India for increase in its seats for the MBBS course.
“However, the directorate of technical education has not received any communication from the GMC as regards approval from the Medical Council of India to increase its MBBS seats,” he noted.
When asked if there is any proposal to increase seats in the professional colleges in the state vis-à-vis 10 per cent reservation quota for the economically weaker sections as recently cleared by the state government, based on the decision of the central government, Kamat said the directorate of technical education only conducts admissions for available seats at the professional colleges in the state.
“In fact, the directorate of technical education on its own has sent letters to all the professional colleges in Goa, inquiring if there is increase in their seats for the academic year 2019-10. However, there is no response from them in this regard yet,” he mentioned.
“As mentioned earlier, the first round of admissions for professional colleges has started today, and those eligible for admissions under EWS category would need to get a related certificate from the government,” the director of technical education stated, pointing out, “In fact, the Goa government will have to initiate the procedure for appointing a competent authority for the issuance of such certificates, as also decide on the documents required for the issuance of the same.”
Kamat further observed that the format of the certificate also needs to be decided and standardised.
“Once all this is done, the directorate of technical education will announce about the same and inform candidates to approach us with these certificates,” he noted, stating that it would also be necessary to give sufficient time to such candidates.
“The first round of admissions has begun today, but we have not implemented the reservation quota for the economically weaker sections yet,” the director of technical education reiterated, justifying that unless all the related things are in place, such implementation cannot take place.