NEW DELHI :
Prakash Javadekar, union minister of human resource development, on Monday announced that those who missed the NEET exams on Sunday due to train delays will get another chance much to the relief of around a few hundred students.
“Happy to announce that #Karnataka Students who missed #NEET exam, due to railway delay will get another chance," Javadekar wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Student bodies across the state and political parties had requested the centre to consider giving students another chance.
“Thank you @PrakashJavdekar and @HRDMinistry for considering the request and helping our students," H.D.Kumaraswamy, Karnataka chief minister wrote on Twitter.
The National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to professional medical courses were conducted on Sunday.
“Happy to know that the students who missed NEET exam due to train delay are getting another chance to write. Years of hard work & determination will not go waste," Siddaramaiah, former Karnataka chief minister said.
The chance for a re-exam taking some of the pressure off the centre, that has been facing growing demands for scrapping NEET from both student bodies as well as political parties. 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. The NEET episode had given the Congress more reason to attack the BJP.
"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, wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
"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.