Students wearing Hijab not allowed to write state level exam for professional courses in Karnataka

A file photo of Delhi University Muslim Students Federation activists as they protest over hijab ban in Karnataka, outside Arts Faculty in New Delhi, on Feb 8, 2022. [Photo: Twitter/MSF DU]

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) announced on Friday that students wearing hijab will not be allowed to enter the examination hall to take the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to professional courses.

The students will have to remove hijab before entering the examination hall. The KEA has also clarified that any cloth or dress which symbolises religion is not allowed, news agency IANS reported.

The report quoting the official order said that CET examination will be conducted on lines of SSLC (10th class) and II PUC exams. CET will be held on June 16, 17, and 18. The students have been asked to attend CET with respective uniforms.

Students attending CET are not allowed to wear ‘Mangal Sutras’, nose ring, earring, gold chain, bangles and other gold ornaments. The students have also been asked not to bring watches, calculators and any electronic device, the news agency report said.

The exams will be conducted on lines of NEET exams and jammers and metal detectors have been installed at the exam halls. Around 2.11 lakh students-1.4 lakh boys and 1.7 lakh girls- have enrolled for CET exams.

On Thursday, authorities in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka suspended 6 students for wearing hijab. In another instance, 12 students were sent back for wearing hijab while attending classes.

Six students of the Uppinangadi Government Pre University College were suspended for wearing Hijab. The principal of the college took the decision to suspend the students after holding a meeting with college lecturers.


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