Covid positive students demand fresh date for NEET

BHUBANESWAR: Students who were not allowed to appear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for being Covid-19 positive at the time of the exam expressed concern over the delay in declaration of another exam date for them. The National Testing Agency (NTA) had assured the students that it would announce a separate date for them, but with no date announced so far the students’ career has been pushed to uncertainty and they feared losing an academic year.

“I results of NEET will be announced on October 12 but the NTA is yet to announce a separate exam date for students who could not appear the exam for being infected with Covid-19 at that time. My whole career is at stake if I won’t be able to appear the test. All my hardwork and efforts will go in vein,” said Abyaya Dash, a NEET candidate, who tested covid-19 positive during the exam.

There were several others like Dash who are waiting for the fresh date announcement by NTA to appear the exam.

According to sources, the infected candidates have been asked to submit their UG admit card and a certificate from a competent authority in support of his/her claim as a Covid-19 positive patient at ncov19@nta.ac.in.

“We have not received any notice for conducting the exam for students who could not appear the exam for being covid-19 positive during the exam. The exact number of students tested positive and did not appear could not be ascertained which is probably leading to the delay in finalising the date. Whenever we will get notice for the exam we will conduct it following all safety guidelines for the students,” said Polly Patnaik, state nodal officer for NEET held on September 13, 2020 across India.

“We are planning to move the court and file a public Interest Litigation (PIL) for delay in announcing separate exam date for covid-19 students. How can the government debar them from the exam for no fault amidst the global pandemic,” said R K Patnaik, another parent.




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