Candidates from Bharti Krishna Vidya Vihar (BKVV) in Telangkhedi have been split into two. Approximately half of them have been allotted a centre in Orchid Public School in Katol. Making these centre changes and informing students is the sole responsibility of the exam conducting body — National Testing Agency (NTA).
The school’s principal Nagalakshmi Devi told TOI that they had been informed about the change “well in advance”.
Candidates, however, said NTA’s messages came too late. Khushi Yelane, one of the candidates, was unhappy not only about the delay in getting information, but also about the change in centre. “My friends told me a couple of days ago that centres of some students have been changed and it was only after checking online that I got to know that my centre has been shifted from Telangkhedi to Katol. I live in Dhantoli and it’s going to be quite some travel for me,” said Yelane.
NTA had mentioned in a public statement that candidates would be informed through SMS and e-mail. Yelane said she received the email on Thursday night and no SMS yet.
Sameer Phale, who specializes in medical coaching, said shifting of centres should have been done at some place nearby. “From BKVV if students had been shifted to Centre Point or Bhavan’s, one can understand. But to put the entire batch outside city limits does not make sense,” said Phale.
NTA finished conducting JEE (Main) last week and this is its first big ticket fully offline exam. JEE is partially offline, as those who appear for BArch papers have to give a drawing test. But the number of such students is less than a lakh across the country. Whereas in NEET, almost 16 lakh candidates will be appearing.