Amidst complaints about the less preparation time for CET, State Education Minister discarded the speculations about re-scheduling of the entrance test. One of the major entrance test, Karnataka Common Entrance Test (CET) is scheduled to be conducted on 4 & 5 May. Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar said, “The Department of Primary and Secondary Education does not plan to ask the Karnataka Examinations Authority to re-schedule the entrance exam.”
Following the leakage of Chemistry paper (II PUC) twice, the education department has decided to re-conduct the test now on 12 April, which means that students would get only 20 days with them to prepare for the CET. Kimmane Ratnakar held a high-level meeting with senior officers of education department and then briefed media, “After the chemistry re-exam, the students will have around 20 days to prepare for the CET. This is sufficient time to prepare for the exam and we have no plans of requesting the KEA to postpone the exam.”
Karnataka CET is being conducted by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) for admission to Professional courses; Medical, Dental, Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Naturopathy & Yoga, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Farm Science courses, Pharmacy in Government/University/Private Aided/Private Un-Aided Professional Educational Institutions in Karnataka. CET would be conducted at 53 places across the state this year.
Following protests by students over paper leakage, the government had transferred DPUE Director Pallavi Akurathi on 1 April, she was appointed as the Director of the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) on 10 February, barely a month before the scheduled start of II PU exams. Rame Gowda replaced her as the new Director. Kimmane Ratnakar justified her transfer and said, “We cannot blame her because she took charge only a month before the exams began. Had she not been new, I would have recommended her suspension.”
Talking about the preparations for another re-exam on April 12, he said, “If there is a mafia behind the leakage, we will ensure that we take sufficient precautionary measures to ensure there is no leakage on April 12.” Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is probing into the matter and had questioned several students, parents and lecturers over the issue. CID has been asked not to question students until the exam ends.