Another change unlikely in CET dates

Another change unlikely in CET dates

The CET fiasco continues. The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) says another change in the dates of the Common Entrance Test (CET) is “quite unlikely,” even though several students complain that the new time table clashes with other entrance tests.

A day after the CET was postponed to May 21 and 22, because of the delay caused by the PU lecturers’ strike, students complained to KEA on Wednesday that the new dates clash with the slots allotted to them to write the BITS Admission Test (BITSAT). Hence, they had requested for another change in the CET dates. The KEA, however, has almost ruled out another reschedule, saying “only a few students” have been allotted May 21 and 22 by BITS for its computer-based entrance exam.

The KEA says only four students reported to it about the clash of dates. In all, not more than 100 students face a clash of dates. Nonetheless, Siddaiah, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, has requested his counterpart in Rajasthan’s Directorate of Technical Education, Vipin Chand Sharma, to give all students from Karnataka, who have to write BITSAT on May 21 and 22, other slots after May 23, the day of CET Kannada test.

Siddaiah said that he wrote to Sharma on Wednesday evening and expected a response in a day or two. Earlier, Siddaiah had a meeting with the KEA Executive Director, Rashmi V Mahesh, and Administrative Officer, S P Kulkarni. “The final call has to be taken by the chief minister,” Siddaiah told Deccan Herald.

The chief minister had an informal meeting on the CET issue at his official residence. The final decision will be taken probably by Thursday.

 “We are brainstorming about how best to go ahead with the process. A clear picture will emerge on Thursday,” said, Vishveshwara Hegde  Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.

AIEEE students

Students appearing for AIEEE online examination on May 19 in Bangalore can write the CET in the City too, even if they have been given exam centres in other districts. Such students can write the CET in Bangalore, irrespective of the centre mentioned by them in the application form. They should send their CET application number, name and other details to keauthority-ka@nic.in.

BITSAT students

The KEA has asked students who have been allotted slots on May 21 and 22 for BITSAT and who will be writing CET also, to send their BITSAT admission ticket number, name, time slot allotted, date of examination, batch number, residential address, etc, to keauthority-ka@nic.in so that the matter can be taken up with BITS.

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