The first Engineering College was started by the Mysore Government in 1917 at Bangalore. After 1946, three more colleges were started. By the time of Integration of the State, there were totally five engineering colleges (two Government and three private) in the State.
By 1993-94 there were a total of 47 Engineering Colleges in the State of which were 4 Government institutions, 9 were aided and the rest unaided. By 2008-09 Karnataka had 145 engineering colleges, which went to 187 in 2010-11. The average enrolment in the colleges dropped from 369 to 301 for the years 2008-09 and 2010-11.
As of 2014 Karnataka had a total of 192 Engineering colleges – 12 Government, 9 Government aided, 152 Unaided (private), 17 Private minority, 3 deemed.
The large number of professional institutions in Karnataka attracts students not only from the other parts of India but also from foreign countries.
Department of Computer Science, SJCE, Mysore
Number of seats in Karnataka Engineering Colleges
Following table shows the number of seats that were available in Karnataka Engineering colleges in 2013.
KEA, earlier known as CET, at State level is conducted for admission to Engineering Colleges. Admission to Govt/University managed Engineering Colleges and Regional Engineering Colleges (Karnataka Quota) is completely regulated through CET. Specified number of seats as notified from time to time in private/aided, unaided Engineering Colleges are left to be filled at the discretion of the college management.
Allocation of Seats: 95% for candidates passing PUC exam from Karnataka and 5% for candidates passing Diploma exam of the State Board of Technical Education .
Reservation: Govt of India nominates 25 seats, Students sponsored by Tamil Nadu/Kerala Govt on reciprocal basis 5/3 seats, NCC cadets having ‘B’ certificate 35 seats, NCC cadet getting distinction 1 seat, Sportsmen/Women 40 seats, Scouts/Guides (President’s Award) 5 seats, Physically handicapped 10 seats, Kannadigas outside Karnataka including disputed Kannada speaking areas 32 seats, Students having studied for 10 academic years in the State at places having a population below 20,000, 10% Anglo-Indian community 1 seat. Children of
Freedom Fighters 33 seats
Defence personnel 35 seats
Ex-servicemen 35 seats.
Seats are also reserved for SC/ST and Backward community.
Eligibility: Candidates should have passed the qualifying exam within 2 years of the date of application for CET.
Selection: It is based on merit in CET conducted in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. The standard of the test is of qualifying exam (PUC of Karnataka Board).The selection Committee will interview the candidates and prepare a rank list based on performance in the entrance test, attainment etc.
Minimum Qualifications: For admissions to full time courses, candidates must have passed the 2-year Pre-University Exam, recognized as equivalent to the concerned University in Karnataka. The optional subjects being Physics, Chemistry and Maths and English as a language, the candidate should secure 50% (35% for SC/ST/BT.candidates etc.) aggregate marks of the three optional subjects.