Students who had missed the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exam on Sunday will get a chance to appear for it on May 20 now. A total of 365 students of Karnataka are expected to write the NEET exam on the said date after they had missed it due to the train schedule. The train in which they were travelling from the state's northern districts had reached Bengaluru 7 hours late.
Announcing the schedule, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar on Monday said, “Happy to announce that Karnataka students who missed NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance.”
The development comes after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy urged Javdekar to arrange the test for the students who had missed it for no fault of theirs.
Admitting the delay in train schedule, a South Western Railway (SWR) official on Sunday had said the students could not reach the test centres across the city in time and missed it.
Candidates who travelled in Hampi Express from Hubli to Mysuru via Koppal, Hospet and Bellary, reached Bengaluru over 7 hours late at 2.36 p.m. instead of 7.00 a.m, while the test began at 2.00 p.m.
The students also staged a protest outside the railway station for missing the test for no fault of them.
The railways, however, attributed the delay due to the diversion of the train route from the normal route due to doubling of line work and operational reasons since May 3.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) of the HRD ministry conducts the test every year in May for students to secure admission to state-run and private medical and dental colleges across the country for studying graduate and post-graduate courses.