HC allows OCI students to apply for engineering courses

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday passed an interim order directing the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) to permit a batch of petitioner-students holding Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to submit their applications offline for the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2018 for admission to engineering courses. The last date for submitting applications is February 26.

Justice B V Nagarathna noted that as per the amendment to Section 7A of the Citizenship Act in 2005, OCI card holders are on par with Indian citizens and in case of a repugnancy, as per Article 254 of the Constitution, the act passed by Parliament prevails.

The judge said that during the earlier CET era, there were Karnataka and non-Karnataka quota seats and the government, in fact, encouraged students from outside to study here.

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