All Covid precautions in place, says Dy CM
Encouraged by the overall smooth conduct of the 2nd PUC and SSLC exams even while the coronavirus rages, the Karnataka government is set to conduct a statewide CET on July 30 and 31.
Making the announcement at a presser on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, who is also the Minister of Higher Education, said all Covid-related precautionary measures would be in place.
A total of 1,94,356 students will take the exam at 497 centres. In Bengaluru, 40,200 students will sit for the exam at 83 centres. The exam timings are 10.30 am to 11.50 am, and 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. The Kannada test for border students will be held on August 1.
Already, over 1,30,000 students have downloaded their admission cards, the DCM said.
Covid-positive students or those with cold/cough etc. will write the exam in separate rooms. Ambulances will be on standby at all centres, and BMTC and KSRTC will provide transport for the examinees.
Foreign students/other state students and their accompanying parents will be exempt from quarantine.
Around 188 border students will be allowed to take the exam in Ballari, Belagavi, Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Bidar.
Dates for PGCET and Diploma-CET, earlier scheduled for August 8 and 9, will announced later.
This year, all post-CET procedures will be online, including counseling, the minister said.
Higher Education Department Additional Chief Secretary Ramana Reddy, College Education Department Commissioner P Pradeep and KEA Executive Director Venkat Raja were present at the press conference.