In its interim order today, Karnataka High Court asked the State of Karnataka to reconsider its decision of conducting the KCET(Karnataka-Common Entrance Test) Exam on 30th and 31st July 2020.
The order was passed by a bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sandesh.
The bench passed its interim order while considering a batch of three Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed against the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA’s) decision to conduct the KCET exam on 30th and 31st July by:
- A group of students and the NSUI(National Student Union of India – the student wing of the Indian National Congress) which pleaded the Court to set aside the notification dated May 13 to conduct the KCET Exam on 30th and 31st July. It had further pleaded that the exam is held only after the completion of NEET and JEE exams after consulting various stakeholders including parents and students.
- Advocate Pradeep and S Hanumantegowda had pleaded for canceling KCET 2020 and the marks scored in standard 12 be considered for preparing the rank list for admission to professional courses in the state.
- Advocate Abdullah Mannan Khan had pleaded for postponement of examinations till the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and had also urged the state government to provide medical facilities to students and their families.
The Karnataka High Court expressed its disappointment that the petitioners had not either approached the court early or had approached the authorities before taking it to the court. However, considering the drastic rise of Covid-19 cases in the state, the plight of students in more than 6000 containment zones and lack of public transport facilities, the bench ordered the state government to place on record the decision about the issue by 2.30 PM on 29th July 2020 after reconsidering the issue once again.
Earlier, on May 13th, KEA had notified that the KCET examination would be conducted in July even though the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had held that all schools and colleges shall remain closed till July 31.
The High Court bench also noted that the KCET Examination was unlike SSLC examinations where it could be conducted later on.
However, amidst these happenings, it’s the students who are at the receiver’s end with no clarity whatsoever about whether examinations would be conducted or not until the very endth moment.