Applicants outside a center to sit in the NEET exam on Sunday. (ANI)
Applicants outside a center to sit in the NEET exam on Sunday. (ANI)

Karnataka: Students demand re-exam of NEET after train delays

  • Hundreds of students in Karnataka missed out on giving their NEET exams due to delay in train services
  • A last minute change in the NEET exam centres and lack of proper communication of the same has created confusion among students, says H.D.Kumaraswamy

BENGALURU : Student bodies in some parts of Karnataka on Sunday carried out protests after several of them missed out on giving their NEET exams due to delay in train services.

The National Eligibilty cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to professional medical courses were conducted on Sunday.

"Hundreds of students from North Karnataka districts have missed the #NEET Exam being held today at Bengaluru due to a 7-hour delay of the Hampi Express. A last-minute change in the exam centres and lack of proper communication of the same has created confusion among students," H.D.Kumaraswamy wrote on the official chief minister’s handle on Twitter.

"I request PM @narendramodi, Rail Minister @PiyushGoyal, @HRDMinistry , @PrakashJavdekar to intervene and ensure that students who have missed the opportunity today get another chance to write the #NEET2019 Exam, he added.

The demand for the re-exam coming at a time when several student bodies and political parties have demanded the scrapping of NEET. In Tamil Nadu, the Congress and its ally, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have channeled the sentiments against NEET to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led centre in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

NEET exams were postponed in some parts of the country including Odisha due to Cyclone Fani, that made a landfall in the coastal state on Friday.

"Mr. @narendramodi, Ask @PiyushGoyal to work properly for next few days and then we will set it right. Also, ensure that the aggrieved students get another chance to write NEET exam," Siddaramaiah, former CM wrote on Twitter.

"Mr. @narendramodi, You pat your own back for others' achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet min' incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services," he added.

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