Bengaluru, May 5: About 500 students, who were aspiring to become medical professionals were denied writing the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the city on Sunday as they could not reach the examination centre in time due to late arrival of the Hampi Express, which was running five hours behind schedule.
Train No: 16591 from Ballari to Bengaluru arrived at Central Station here at about 2.30 pm, while the students were required to report at the exam halls by 1:30 pm.
Adding to the problem faced due to delay in the arrival of the train, there was change in Test Centers as they had to run around without anvil.
Several students have been sending SOS messages to HRD Ministry over the train delay, requesting that they be allowed to sit in the exam. "My exam center is changed to Dayanand Sagar College in Bengaluru. Now I don't think I will be able to write the exam," said Suhas, one of the students on the train.
“@PrakashJavdekar sir we the students who are appearing for NEET 2019 from Ballari and Hubballii cities to Bengaluru train number 16591-- Hampi Express. Thus train has to reach Bengaluru city at 7 AM still we are in Arsikere (180km ) far away from Bengaluru. (sic),” wrote a student, Sai Srinivas, on Twitter.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slammed the central government and the railway ministry for failing to run trains on time.
In his twitter Siddaramaiah tweeted -- @narendramodi, You pat your own back for others' achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet ministers incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services (sic).”
He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the students get a chance to write the exam. “Ask @PiyushGoyal to work properly for next few days and then we will set it right. Also, ensure that the aggrieved students get another chance to write NEET exam,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Railway officials,, however, clarified saying that they had conveyed in advance about the train delay. "All the reserved passengers of train have been given intimation by SMS of the diversion and rescheduling on the mobile numbers given at the time of reserving tickets," said South Western Railway (SWR) Chief Public Relation Officer E Vijaya.
The delay was due to the maintenance work going on in Guntkal in South Central division.
The National Testing Agency, which is conducting the NEET had a couple of days before the exam, had also changed the Centers of several students "due to Lok Sabha elections and other unavoidable circumstances", causing confusion among students. (UNI)