Karnataka is full of educational opportunities: Ashwath Narayan

Except for medical courses, students can secure places in any branch of study of their choice in Karnataka as the state abounds with educational opportunities, CN Higher Education Minister Ashwath Narayan said, attending the 20th edition of The Hindu Education Plus Career Counseling 2022 on Saturday. at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall here.

The event was well attended with nearly 1,000 students and parents at the event who offered expert advice in fields ranging from medicine to engineering to general education and even UPSC and CET.

“Gross higher education enrollment in the state has increased 6% in three years – to 34% in the higher education sector,” the minister said. Listing the measures taken by the government to improve the sector, he said: “We are competing with the whole world, not with neighboring states.

With around 17 higher education institutions including medical and engineering faculties available under one roof, students and parents were seen getting information about colleges, various courses, fee structure, l infrastructure and placement.

S. Kumar, Executive Secretary of COMEDK, who spoke on medicine, said that in total, for Karnataka, there are 8,895 medical places available this year. “Based on the NEET ranking, students will be allocated places,” he said, adding that Karnataka has the best of industries and institutions that also offer a “wonderful ecosystem” for internships.

KR Venugopal, former Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University, explained how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are future topics. “AI, ML, computer science, engineering, information science and engineering will provide millions of jobs,” he said.

Ameen E-Mudassar, guidance counselor and CEO of CIGMA, spoke about general education and said that students need to learn several skills, upgrade and try to acquire knowledge online. “Don’t choose your career influenced by others. Do not be tempted by current trends and do not finalize until you have clarified. When you finish your degree, do at least five internships,” he said.

Students wishing to take professional courses received first-hand advice on the CET admissions process from S. Ravi, Principal of Government Girls PU College and former PRO of KEA. “Once the CET grading is announced by the Karnataka examination authority, the document verification schedule will be announced. Students can organize materials long before that,” he explained.

Those who wish to be part of the public service have been briefed on the whys and hows of Mr. N. Anucheth, SP, CID. He said: “Public service is not a job, it is a service. Before taking the CSE, you must ask yourself why you want to become a civil servant. Don’t do it under parental pressure, power or prestige. Young people today are intellectually far superior to us. Your IQ is really good, but the EQ is a little low. You need to be able to handle these pressures. Find your talent and be human and service oriented,” he advised the students.

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