New Delhi, May 3: The Delhi High Court on Thursday allowed Sikh candidates to wear/carry ‘kara’ (iron bracelet) and ‘Kirpan’ (dagger) in the National Eligibility Test (NET) 2018. The permission comes with a condition under which the candidates will have to to report at least 1 hour prior to the normal reporting time.

The directive has been issued in a bid to carry out the screening and security related work well in time.

Last year, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had urged the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to ensure that Sikh candidates be allowed to wear the ‘kara’ and the ‘kirpan’ in Amritsar. Issuing a release, the committee explained the significance of the religious symbols of the Sikh community in 2017.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would hold the NET on July 8, 2018. The exam will be conducted on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for eligibility for assistant professor and junior research fellowship.