The Karnataka State Higher Education Minister recently made a statement regarding the inclusion of all the 60 listed sports and games that will be eligible for the five percent sports quota seats during admissions 2019. The sports quota has most of the times run into trouble with students staging protests during the counselling process for the Common Entrance Test (CET) in Karnataka.
The Youth and Sports Department had refused entry to students playing some sports last year and then candidates protested for a week in front of the KEA office that the authorities weren’t considering all of the 60 sports/games listed in the brochure. Kabaddi was also one of the sport. However, later with the help of higher officials, the protest was called off and all 60 sports were included.
The State Department of Sports and Youth Services had also asked the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to reduce the number of games under the sports quota from 60 to 32 but the governing council meeting was not in favour of the same.
GT Devegowda, the Higher Education Minister said that the council has taken a decision to go with all the 60 games. The Department of Sports and Youth also had a demand for it to be made compulsory for students representing the country in the Olympics to avail the quota but this demand was also not approved by the governing council.
Another demand rejected by the KEA was the compulsory participation of students during their second year PU course at the national and international levels. Students from class 8 till second-year pre-university (II PU) who have represented their college at the national and international level will be considered once at least for the sports quota. The decision was taken at the governing council body meeting.
There were a few other decisions taken up at the meeting such as the reduction in CET fee. Girls will have to pay only half of the fee so, from Rs. 650, it has been reduced to Rs. 500 for CET 2019. Fee for SC/ST students and category one students has also been reduced to Rs. 250 from Rs. 500. All girl students too for the first time have to pay Rs. 250 as a registration fee.
Another important decision taken at the meeting was regarding the KEA verification centres. The verification centres will be there in all the districts to reduce the rush at the KEA office. There used to be a lot of rush at the KEA office because students from across the state used to come to Bangalore for verification. There were only 16 centres and now the plan is to equip all the centres.