Usually, PGCET for MPharm course is held around the same time. The common entrance test for other courses conducted by Karnataka Examinations Authority is being held on October 13 and 14. However, this time, no dates have been announced for MPharm aspirants yet.
KEA officials said it has not received any intimation from the government on conducting the exam. “It’s true KEA organised the exam last year on directions from the government. However, this year, we have not received any correspondence to conduct the exam. Only when we get instructions from the government can we go ahead. It’s not a year-on-year calendar or MoU signed that we conduct it every year. Since organising an exam is a long-drawn process, we need to be informed well in advance,” said Venkat Raja, executive director, KEA.
However, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences said it had already informed KEA to hold the exam. “We had written to KEA sometime ago. And, since they conduct it every year, it’s only natural that they do so We will resend the letter and also ask government to expedite the process,” said Dr S Sacchidanand, RGUHS vice-chancellor.
Meanwhile, students are worried as time is ticking away. “I cannot afford a management quota seat and am looking forward to government quota seats. Many private institutions like Manipal and BITS have completed their admissions and we are yet to know what’s happening to PGCET here. We have to prepare for the entrance test as well,” said a BPharm final-year student.
BPharm final-year exams ended on October 6. “The government seems to have forgotten about the course. UGC guidelines say the new academic year must begin on November 1. It’s mid- October and we still do not have clarity,” said Raveendra R, faculty, RR College of Pharmacy. Around 70 colleges offer pharmacy courses.