The Karnataka Examinations Authority has issued a dress code to be followed during the Common Entrance Tests (CET) that implies that Hijab will not be allowed in exam halls.
Besides banning full sleeve clothes, the KEA has said that “materials covering the ear, head are banned in the examination hall.” CET has been scheduled on June 16, 17 and 18.
In a press conference, when asked explicitly about allowing Hijab into examination halls for the competitive exam, minister for higher education, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan had responded that the same dress code as in the case of National Eligibility Entrance Exams (NEET) will apply.
Besides this, students are not allowed to wear any form of accessories to the hall. Instructions have been given not to bring along or carry any kind of wristwatch either to the examination hall.
Candidates have also been instructed to wear only surgical masks that are semi-transparent, and that N-95 and cotton masks will not be allowed.
In other rules, students cannot carry any electronic gadgets or modern equipment, gadgets, pagers, mobile phones, Bluetooth, markers, white fluid, calculator, wireless sets, bits of paper or books into the exam hall.
Even as students have been asked to arrive in advance to the hall, until the third bell rings at 10.30 am for the first and 2.30 pm for the next, they will not be allowed to open the seal of the question paper or take a peek.
Around 2.11 lakh students have enrolled to write exams. This time, as stringent measures will be in place, mobile jammers and metal detectors will be installed on campus this time.News, States