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In a shocking low, just 4.49% of the candidates who appeared for the Karnataka State Eligibility Test (K-SET) have cleared the examination held in October 2011. The K-SET is the gateway to becoming a lecturer or an assistant professor in Karnataka's first-grade colleges and select universities. With the single-digit pass percentage, it’s quite likely that Karnataka could face a severe shortage of quality lecturers.
More alarmingly, not a single student in mathematical science stream has cleared the examination, whose results were declared on Sunday 8th April. And only a handful of students have cracked physical science, computer science and library and information science subjects. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had tasked the University of Mysore with conducting the K-SET for which 53,181 had applied and 40,903 appeared. Some 1,838 cleared the examination, which translates to 4.49%. The exam was conducted in 26 subjects on October 23 at 11 centres across Karnataka. Six years ago, the UGC had picked Kuvempu University as the nodal agency to conduct K-SET. The 4.49% students cracked the test largely in disciplines like Kannada, education and political science streams. Of the 1,038 candidates who came out with flying colours, boys made up 64.96% and girls 35.04%. University of Mysore vice-chancellor V. G. Talawar compared the KSET results with that of the National Eligibility Test (NET) to say they weren't bad. The UGC was happy with the results, he added. On the valuation delay, Talawar said papers I and II had been evaluated on schedule, but paper III got delayed owing to descriptive-type exam. Also, there was a shortage of subject-specific valuators and those who could evaluate answer scripts in Kannada. The next K-SET will be held in June and all three papers will be of the objective type.
Courtesy: Times of India
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