Karnataka will conduct Common Entrance Test (CET) 2020 on July 30 and 31, as announced earlier. As many as 1,94,356 students will take the exam at 497 centres in 120 places, with an elaborate Covid-19 SOP in place.
Candidates and guardians from outside the state/country will be exempted from home-quarantine norms and allowed to stay in the state for 96 hours. There are around 1,881 students from other states and 30 from other countries. Separate centres have been arranged for Covid-positive students.
“Admissions for degree courses in universities have begun. There will be no virus free-month if we keep waiting. This is in the best interest of our youngsters,” higher education minister CN Ashwath Narayan said on Tuesday.
“Admissions for these courses will be open for a long time. Whoever wants to switch courses or colleges will be able to do so. Fees paid will be refunded in such cases. Mop-up round will be conducted only after the final round of admission,” he said. Students with ILI/SARI symptoms will also be given separate rooms.
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There will be no lockdown in the state preventing students from heading to exam centres, he said. “District administrations will provide full assistance to conduct the exam. KSRTC and BMTC will provide bus services for students,” the minister said.
In Bengaluru, around 40,200 students will take the exam at 83 centres.
However, PGCET and diploma CET scheduled for August 8 and 9 have been postponed. This is because college-level exams are yet to be completed. All procedures — counselling, document verification, and fee payment will be online.
Kannada language test for Horanadu and Gadinadu students will be held on August 1. Students from containment zones will appear for the test in separate rooms.
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