CET, NEET : Karnataka mulling to consider CET, NEET marks for admitting students into professional courses

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Bengaluru, Jun 6 : Deputy Chief Minister, C N Ashwathnarayan, who is also Minister for Higher Education said, “The Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar has suggested to considering only CET marks for admission into professional courses as the PU Board has cancelled examination for Second PU students due to Covid.”

In a statement issued here on Saturday night, the Minister, however, clarified that “to accept such a suggestion there is need to amend CET Act as a student must have secured at least 45 per cent to qualify for admission. We will discuss this in the department and consult legal experts. The decision by the state government must also obtain the approval of the Legislature as the CET admissions are based on the provisions of the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions Act 2006.
“If we want to bring in the required change, we have to amend the law and for which we will consult legal experts and discuss with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa,” he said.
The K-CET 2021 exams have already been scheduled to be held on August 28 and 29.
In the meantime, the Department of Pre-University Education has also requested the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to consider all Science students as eligible to appear for the CET. The department is also writing to national agencies that conduct nationwide competitive examinations such as NEET and JEE requesting them to allow students to appear for competitive examinations.
According to sources at the KEA, if the department decides to consider all Science students as eligible for KCET rankings, then the number of students eligible for KCET rankings will increase.
Every year, the number of students registering for KCET used to be around 1.90 lakh of which 1.30 lakh used to get the eligibility. During 2020, the total number of students in science streams were 2.15 lakh of which 1.66 lakh cleared the II PUC exam.


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