CET lessons for rural students at 150 centres

The satellite-based coaching centres for Common Entrance Test for rural students will be available at 150 places next year, 50 more than the last year’s.

This is the second year that the Karnataka Examination Authority is offering satellite-based coaching to rural students aspiring for professional courses through Common Entrance Test.

The initiative failed to achieve the objective last year as the coaching centres were unable to function due to frequent power cuts. The KEA had tied up with Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Keonics) for the programme.

An analysis of the impact of last year’s coaching found that the performance of the rural students went down compared to that between 2006 and 2009, when the coaching was not provided. While only four percent of the students got medical seats, the figure was 30 percent for engineering courses.

Tenders floated

The KEA has floated tenders to offer coaching in all the 150 centres across the State. The technical and financial bids will be evaluated on December 22. The Authority has incorporated a clause in the tender document this year rendering it mandatory for the service provider to make alternative arrangements in case of power failure during live telecast. Each coaching centre is expected to cater to 100 students and the coaching will be held in two phases.

In the first phase during January and February, the programmes will be telecast on Saturdays and Sundays and in the second phase it will be aired from April 1 to 25.

The CET is scheduled for April 27 and 28. Coaching will be in Kannada and English and comprises a minimum of four unit tests and two full tests each in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

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