KEA executive director Girish R said that the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is likely to postpone the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2019, which is set to kick off on April 23, as the date coincides with the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state. He said discussions and deliberations will be held with the PU board director over the next few days to examine the issue.
“During elections, most of the staff would be engaged in election duty. There is also the issue of non-availability of examination rooms during election time. We will meet the PU director and other officials, discuss the issue and then take a call on whether to postpone CET,” Girish said. “If at all, it’ll be postponed by only two or three days,” he added.
CET is the exam which is the gateway for entry to engineering, pharmacy and other professional courses in the state. Sanjiv Kumar, the chief electoral officer (CEO) for Karnataka, said the clash of dates might not have come to the notice of the Election Commission of India (ECI). “The same will be brought to the ECI’s notice.” Special commissioner (elections) Manoj Kumar Meena said the ECI has announced the dates and if CET is scheduled on April 23, then the examination board will have to reschedule it.
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