If all goes according to the plans of Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), professional seat aspirants will soon cease to require being physically present for document verification after qualifying the Common Entrance Test (CET). KEA plans to transform the whole process to a rigorous online verification.
Document verification process is a mandatory option for all those candidates who qualify the CET and are called for counseling.
According to KEA, the existing verification process is both tedious and time consuming. Until the last academic season, candidates were usually filtered into different groups on the basis of their overall rankings and categories. While the candidates belonging to the NCC, Sports and Physical Disabilities quota were allowed two days, verification of all other students would usually finish within a period of 15 days.
The new move, if and when implemented, will be in favor of both KEA and students.
“There are three main aspects to document verification: caste/category; whether they qualify under the rural category; and whether they belong to Kannada medium. The rest are common. The KEA usually spends over Rs 1 Crore on the regular document verification process as officials have to be appointed, their stay and food expenses covered, and arrangements need to be made for systems for the process,” an official said.
Inquired about the difficulties associated with conducing online document verification for tens of thousands of candidates, another official stated: “The tricky aspect would be to ensure the authenticity of documents. Students will not be allowed to upload documents. We are seeing if college principals and deputy commissioners or Tehsildar can upload them.”