Callous attitude of MHRD, state govt forced 500 students to miss GATE exam
Srinagar: The negligence on the part of the state administration and union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has cost around 500 GATE aspirants so dearly that they missed out on a chance to crack the examination this year.
The students lost the opportunity to appear in the exams as the MHRD had set up the exam centres in Jammu. The GATE was scheduled on February 02 and 03 for these aspirants but they could not reach to their exam centres due to inclement weather in Kashmir which resulted in prolonged closure of Jammu-Srinagar highway and cancellation of flights from Srinagar.
GATE is an All-India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board -GATE, Department of Education in ministry of human resources development (MHRD).
“I worked hard for GATE but was not able to avail a chance to appear in it. The government didn’t take any pains at the right time to save the future of around 500 students whose dreams got shattered due to negligence of the state government,” said Aiman, a GATE aspirant from Bemina.
The exam was scheduled in four phases on February 02, 03 and February 09 and 10.
After 500 aspirants missed the exams, the state administration woke to the students issue and arranged a special flight of Indian Air force to airlift the aspirants to Jammu to appear in the exams. 180 aspirants were airlifted to Jammu on February 08 evening however, in the meantime the MHRD agreed to set up exam centres for the aspirants in Kashmir.
On Saturday, 364 GATE aspirants appeared in exams at various exam centres set up in Kashmir by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
The GATE exam centre have been set up at ‘Haktech IT’ service Sidco industrial estate near IT tower Rangreth, KITE polytechnic at WawoosaRangreth, Eshai Online Services Bishamber Nagar Munwarabad, Faster Computer Education Rawalpora, Infotech Computer Education and SSM college of engineering and Technology Diver Parihaspora.
Meanwhile, 364 students appeared in the GATE at the exam centres set up by the MHRD in Kashmir.
“The government should have taken the issue seriously at the first instance which could have proved fruitful for other 500 aspirants who missed the exams,” said Adil, another aspirant.
The students demanded that the government should ensure that exams centres are set up in Kashmir while various competitive and crucial exams like NEET, CMAT, GATE and NEET are to be conducted.