NEET aspirants in TN worried as CBSE yet to reallot centres

NEET candidates who have been allotted exam centres in other States like Kerala are distressed over CBSE’s delay in announcing new centres within Tamil Nadu as directed by Madras High Court on April 2

Published: 02nd May 2018 02:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd May 2018 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

File Photo of candidates who appeared for the NEET examination in Chennai. | PTI File Photo

Express News Service

 MADURAI/ TIRUCHY:  NEET candidates who have been allotted exam centres in other States like Kerala are distressed over CBSE’s delay in announcing new centres within Tamil Nadu as directed by Madras High Court on April 26. With only a few days left for the exam, Sanyam Bhardwaj, Director of NEET, New Delhi, said they were yet to receive the court order.

Believing the CBSE would act promptly on the court’s direction, many candidates have already cancelled their train tickets to Kerala. NEET examinees have been frequently checking the CBSE-NEET website for updates, with no result. Express, in its recent editions, highlighted the plight of the candidates allotted exam centres in Kerala and their demands for a centre in adjoining districts as per their choice.

Express contacted Bhardwaj over the phone to find out reasons for the delay. He said, “Let us receive the order. We are taking advice from our legal advisor and then we will take action.” Several questions were asked by Express on new centre allocation, allotment of exam centres not listed among candidates’ choices and even if there would be any announcements in the upcoming days. Bhardwaj did not reply to any of the questions and refrained from comment.

The director’s public notice after allotting centres to candidates and hall tickets made available on the website, said, “There is no human intervention in allotment of the centres as the same is being done with the help of computer. No change in the centre or centre city could be done in any case because all the arrangements for the examination have been made by the CBSE. A centre or city cannot be changed.”

As far as candidates from Tamil Nadu are concerned, there are many who hail from rural areas and would have to travel a long distance, which would have financial implications. M Kumar, who is from an underprivileged background, lamented, “There is a lot of confusion and anxiety over this issue. As I was given a centre in Ernakulam district in Kerala, my father somehow booked to-and-fro train tickets. Hearing of the High Court’s direction, we cancelled the tickets and now, we do not know what to do.”

Sethuram, founder of a city-based coaching centre, said, “Students are very confused. They do not know whether the exam centre would be changed or left as it is. A public notice from the CBSE on this issue would help lessen exam anxiety.” Educationist Prince Gajendra Babu said the CBSE must take immediate steps to update NEET candidates on whether exam centres would be changed or not.


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  • k.suresh

    Sir, I am a physically challenged. My son has been allotted exam centre at Kerala for his meet exam. I have to travel with him because no other person in my family. Delaying announcement, I am having lot of confusions.
    3 years ago reply
  • Suresh

    All are waiting...Please decide and announce soon. Director says he is waiting for court orders. Who has the responsibility to do this? Excellent judicial system and governance of India. Jai Ho...
    3 years ago reply
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