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Betrayal: Kashmiri students ditched once again

Betrayal: Kashmiri students ditched once again
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Aspirants asked to appear in outside state exam centres for NEET 2019

Srinagar: Kashmir based students have faced another road block after the National Testing Agency (NTA) has once again designated exam centres for the prestigious National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) 2019 outside the Valley.
The students have been left bewildered as the NEET exams is scheduled for May 05 and the aspirants have got the admission letters wherein they have been directed to report for exams in far off areas like Chandigarh and Delhi.
The move has evoked massive resentment among the students who say that their exam has been made costly by the examining body.
“I belong to a poor family and my parents cannot afford to send me to Chandigarh for my NEET exams,” said an aspirant who has been asked to report for his exams in Chandigarh.
Notably, hundreds of students are alleging that they have not been provided any exam venue in the Valley.
“We face this situation almost every year. Once the exams are due the admission letters are sent to us and we are directed to appear in the exams in far off places,” said another aspirant whose exam centre has been put in Jammu.
They said exam conducting body has increased number of exam centres in various states but candidates hailing from Kashmir continue to face the ire of the authorities.
“It is not for the first time when students have been put to mental trauma but state government has failed to ensure NEET centre for all Kashmiri students in Valley,” the aspirants rued.
The dearth of NEET exam centres in valley has deflated the repeated claims of the Governor administration to have exam centres for all Valley students appearing in any national level exams.
Notably, around 500 students missed their opportunity to appear in GATE 2019 exams as no exam centre was allotted to students in Valley. Though, arrangements were made for students during the dying hours but the first batch of 500 students missed the exams which were conducted in February his year.
Interestingly, the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) is also putting up its hands in air over the issue.
“The role of BOPEE has been limited to mere counseling now. Since the exams were shifted to national level our role has remained confine to only counseling of the selected candidates,” an official said, wishing not to be named.
Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts no senior official from the state administration was willing to comment on the issue.

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