Govt to act against KEA officials violating CET quota norms

Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande on Friday warned action against Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) officials found involved in changing students’ professional course seats in violation of reservation norms.

In a written reply to an unstarred question from Kannada actor-MLC, Tara Anuradha, in the Legislative Council on Friday, Deshpande said that a student named Meghana R, who was ranked 3,007 in the Common Entrance Test (CET), had changed her category from 3A to 2A. She, however, cancelled the seat allotted to her after learning that it was not possible to change the caste.

The minister said that until now no KEA official had been found involved. But if anyone was found guilty, “strict action” would be taken against them, he added.

Deshpande further said tahsildars would be directed to fully verify a person’s background before issuing him/her a caste certificate. He warned criminal action against students who obtain caste certificates by submitting inaccurate details.

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