Karnataka High Court has received a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the decision to conduct the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka Under Graduate Entrance Test (COMEDK UGET) 2020 on August 19. The plea states that the COMEDK exam’s conduct will result in many students losing their chances of attending it since there is a lack of public transportation in various states. Students who belong to lockdown or containment zones will also not be able to travel and attempt the COMEDK 2020 exam.
The plea has been filed by Karnataka based advocate, Abdulla Mannan Khan, who claims that the examination will turn out to be a ‘havoc’ in the times of COVID-19 pandemic. Karnataka Examination Authority had issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on July 29, stating the guidelines for conducting the examination during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was for the KCET 2020 exam held on July 30 and 31. Khan pointed out that the SOP was vague on several aspects and had many loopholes, which resulted in chaos at the KCET exam centers. Social distancing was rarely maintained during KCET 2020, bringing in a lot of negative feedback from the public against the authorities. Khan has also informed the HC that the students’ academic future will not be affected if COMEDK UGET is withheld until JEE Main 2020 and other national level exams are conducted.
On Twitter, the hashtag #postponecomedk2020 has started trending, and most of the students seem to be supporting the plea to postpone the COMEDK exam from August 19. Around 70,000 applicants register for COMEDK UGET every year. If the plea is accepted by Karnataka HC and held, it will not just be COMEDK UGET 2020, but Uni-GAUGE will also have to be postponed.