Karnataka: Online admissions for UG courses will start on July 10

Admissions for undergraduate courses for the 2022-23 academic year will officially start from July 10 and this time it is only through the online mode.

Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan made the announcement at a press conference here on Monday after meeting with officials. “The announcement of the admission schedule has been delayed for technical reasons,” he said. With online applications, students can apply to any college of their choice by simply entering their pre-college register number.

“Students only need to add their PUC register number and the details will automatically upload to the application form,” Narayan explained.

This is the second group of students enrolled in undergraduate courses under the national education policy. “To improve the quality of education, we have introduced open electives at the undergraduate level and all arrangements have been made to enroll students in the NEP,” Narayan added.

However, the minister mentioned that there is no fee hike in the 419 government-run university colleges. Fees collected at government university colleges will remain in the accounts of the respective colleges.

Recruitment

Taking a step back, the Department of Higher Education has announced that it will follow University Grants Commission (UGC) standards when recruiting teaching and non-teaching staff to public colleges.

Stating that the Chief Minister has given instructions to fill vacancies of teaching and non-teaching staff in all universities and university colleges in the government, Narayan said the government will follow UGC standards and recruit by conducting both written tests and interviews. The UGC requires face-to-face interviews when recruiting teaching staff at public college and university levels. But, one may recall, while recently recruiting more than 1,200 adjunct professors from public colleges, the department skipped interviews and settled for the written test.

“The Chief Minister has ordered to recruit teaching and non-teaching staff in public universities and public colleges. We will follow UGC standards when recruiting and conduct written tests and interviews,” he added.

More than 2,100 posts, teaching and non-teaching, are vacant.