NCC demands increase in quota for CET seats  

 The Karnataka and Goa directorate of National Cadet Corps (NCC) has sought increase in quota in professional colleges in the state.

The directorate wants 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 courses. According to the directorate, the number of candidates in NCC has gone up from 58,000 to 78,000. There are 15 lakh NCC cadets in the country. For the past few years, many eligible candidates were not getting engineering and medical seats under NCC quota as the seats reserved for them in CET was not adequate.

Col MG Venkatesh, director, Karnataka and Goa NCC directorate, said at present, around 400 engineer ing and 10 medical seats are reserved under the quota. “Very few seats are reserved in this category in veterinary science, dental and other courses. KEA should increase the quota in engineering and medical courses,” he said. Karnataka is the only state in the country which is offering NCC quota in professional courses.

Who’s eligible for quota?Those who have participated in the Republic Day parade in Delhi with a `B’ certificate while studying class XI to Ist year of any undergraduate course are eligible for reservation. Students who are aged 13 and above can join NCC.

“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,” SN Gangadhariah, administrative officer, KEA, said.