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Fresh Lockdown: All Entrance Tests Deferred!

Fresh Lockdown: All Entrance Tests Deferred!

The Telangana government on Tuesday announced postponement of all the entrance examinations in the state scheduled to be commence from Wednesday.

An affidavit to this effect was submitted in the state high court by the Telangana state government in the afternoon. 

The affidavit said the decision to postpone all entrance tests was taken in the wake of the proposal to reimpose complete lockdown in Hyderabad and surrounding districts due to growing number of positive cases for Covid-19.

The entrance tests – Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Entrance Test (EAMCET), Polycet (entrance for polytechnic courses), Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET for admission into MBA and MCA courses), ECET (Engineering Entrance Test meant for lateral entry for polytechnic students into engineering courses), PGCET (common entrance for post-graduate courses in various universities), Lawcet (common entrance test for admission into law colleges) and Edcet (common entrance test for admission into education colleges) were originally scheduled to be held from July 1.

The high court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation petition questioning the schedule announced by the state government to conduct various entrance tests, at a time when the Coronavirus situation in the state was turning from bad to worse.

The petitioner wondered how the government was planning to hold the examinations while considering re-imposition of lockdown to contain the virus spread.

The high court, which took up the hearing, asked the government whether there were any plans to impose lockdown in the state.

The advocate general, appearing for the state government sought some time till afternoon to submit the affidavit.

Later in the afternoon, the government submitted the affidavit saying all the examinations have indefinitely been postponed.

The state government had already cancelled the Class 10 examinations and declared all the students passed based on their internal assessment marks.

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