This year, GCET seats may be increased to 2,050

The Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET), which for the first time is being held for close to 2,000 seats in 2016, may see a further 50 seats coming under its ambit. The Vrundavan Institute of Nursing Education, Colvale, too has now written to the directorate of technical education to join the centralized test for admissions to professional degree courses.

The directorate of technical education (DTE) has forwarded the proposal to the state government for its approval and if it gets the nod from authorities, Vrundavan Institute of Nursing Education may be able to carry out admissions through the GCET in 2016 itself.

After the ayurveda degree course has been brought under the ambit of the GCET, the number of seats for which test is held has gone up to 2,000 in 2016.

Over 4,000 students are expected to answer the GCET this year, which is scheduled to be held on May 10 and 11.

Until 2014, the GCET was held for admissions to professional degree seats in Goa for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering and homeopathy.

Last year, admissions to allied health science courses (AHS) of bachelor of physiotherapy, bachelor of occupational therapy, bachelor of optometry, BSc in medical imaging technology and BSc in anaesthesia technology at Goa medical college, and the BSc course in nursing at institute of nursing education too were carried out through GCET.

From 2016, admissions to the bachelor’s in ayurveda medicine and surgery programme for the Bharatiya Sanskruti Prabodhini’s Gomantak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and Research Centre based in Shiroda too will be held through the GCET.

DTE has already released the prospectus for GCET for the year 2016. The directorate will begin receiving the filled application forms for GCET from March 28, 2016. The last date to submit the GCET forms is April 2 this year.