The National Testing Agency (NTA) is likely to allot more exam centres for NEET aspirants of Valley in a bid to relieve students from travelling to other states for appearing in the national level competitive exam.
The move comes three days after advisor to J&K Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai wrote a letter to secretary department of school education and literacy in MHRD Rina Ray regarding the allotment of adequate NEET exam centre for Valley students within Kashmir. “The MHRD secretary has taken up the matter with Chairman NTA and requested him to consider allotment of more NEET exam centres for Valley aspirants in Kashmir,” an official privy to the developments told Greater Kashmir.
Greater Kashmir earlier reported about the allotment of few NEET exam centres in Kashmir by NTA-the exam conducting body undergraduate NEET exam. The allotment of inadequate exam centres to Kashmir had evoked resentment among aspirants who urged the state administration to take up the matter with MHRD.
The undergraduate NEET-2019 exam is scheduled to be held on May 05.
The students had opposed travelling to outside state citing unreliable nature of Jammu-Srinagar highway which is the only link between two cities. Already, there is a two-day per week restriction on the highway which has made the travel on this road all the more difficult as well.
“Traveling outside Kashmir to appear in exams proves cumbersome for us and it all gets messed up which distracts students’ minds during last days of preparations. We pay Rs 1500 as exam fee but we have to bear additional expenses around Rs 12000 to Rs 15000 for travelling by air,” said a NEET aspirant.
Meanwhile, advisor to Governor Kewal Krishan Sharma also took up the matter with MHRD and demanded allotment of more exam centres for Valley aspirants in Kashmir.
“The governor administration is very keen to get the demand of students fulfilled. We are hopeful that NTA will announce more exam centres in Kashmir,” an official said.
Presently, NTA has designated few NEET exam centres in Srinagar colleges which can accommodate around 5736 aspirants. However around 1500 aspirants have been allotted exam centres in outside state who have urged the MHRD to shift their centres to Kashmir. Director Colleges J&K has also written to the higher authorities regarding the matter and sought establishment of NEET exam centre at Kashmir University, Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora, Government Degree College (GDC) Anantnag and Baramulla.
“NEET exam will be conducted in offline mode and director colleges has sought formal approval from NTA to setup NEET exam centres in these institutions,” the official said.
He said the authorities in NTA have asked the state administration to furnish the details about the requirement of additional exam centres and number of students to be accommodated in these centres.
“Once the information will be shared with NTA more centres may be allotted to Kashmir for convenience of students,”