Karnataka HC declines to stay exam, 2 lakh to take KCET today

BENGALURU: The Common Entrance Test (CET) 2020 will be conducted as scheduled on Thursday and Friday, following the Karnataka high court decision on Wednesday declining to stay the exam.

Nearly 2 lakh students — including 1,800 from neighbouring states — will appear for the test being conducted at 497 centres across the state by the Karnataka Examinations Authority. KCET is the gateway for admission to undergraduate engineering, technology, yoga and naturopathy, farm science and pharma courses.

Turning down an interim plea for stay sought in a batch of PILs in the wake of the worsening Covid-19 situation in the state, a division bench headed by Justice Aravind Kumar noted that the constitutional rights as well as interests of the students who have downloaded their hall tickets could not be overlooked.

Students are prepared: HC

The court said that it cannot also lose sight of the fact that these students had downloaded the hall-tickets indicating their preparedness and also that they are not before the court.

“However, we make explicitly clear that on no ground whatsoever, a candidate shall be prevented from attending the examination. All logistical support shall be extended by the state to ensure candidates who require medical attention, transportation, food and other facilities are provided,” it said.

The court also ordered that no student should be prohibited from writing the exam for failing to inform the authorities about his or her Covid-19 status in advance or for not producing a medical certificate about him or her being fit to write the examination.

The court directed the authorities to provide transportation and other logistical support to students as well as their accompanying parents, wherever needed, such as in containment zones. On students in containment zones, he said instructions have been given to police to allow them and parents accompanying them after checking hall tickets.

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