Kolkata, Sept. 14 — In another instance of the ordeal of lakhs of students who appeared for the joint and medical entrance examinations, a Bihar boy missed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) by a few minutes after travelling 700 kilometers from Bihar to West Bengal on Sunday, media reports said.
Yadav had boarded a bus at 8 pm on Saturday in Darbhanga to reach Muzaffarpur from where he took another bus to Patna, the capital city of Bihar.
But he was late to reach Patna by six hours due to traffic jam.
Then the student took another bus from Patna at 9 pm on Saturday which dropped him at Kolkata’s Sealdah station at 1:06 pm on Sunday. Yadav said he then hurriedly took a cab to the examination centre but he got late by 10 minutes.
Various states ruled by the opposition parties had earlier requested the central government to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and NEET considering the grim Covid-19 situation in the country.
Incidentally, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the first to suggest her counterparts from other states to move the Supreme Court seeking a reconsideration of its own order, which had allowed the holding of the twin examinations.
Citing the top court order, the central government had clearly stated it was in no mood to postpone the examinations.
Earlier, the West Bengal government had called off the anti-Covid-19 lockdown on Saturday for smooth travelling of students across the state on Sept 13.
Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from India Blooms.