SRINAGAR: Amid the pandemic as the people are avoiding travelling especially inter-state fearing contagion, the students of J&K JEE Advanced exam demand centre in the Kashmir Valley, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The parents of aspiring candidates complained that their wards are being compelled to travel for appearing in an upcoming examination as no centre has been allocated in the Kashmir.

As the exam will be conducted on September 27, many eligible students fear contagion in travel and are giving second thoughts to travelling.

The absence of centre and apprehension of travelling outside Kashmir has made parents and students worry equally.

“My son’s centre is in Jammu. This is discriminatory as it is difficult and dangerous amid pandemic to travel far,” Mirza Muzaffar Beigh, the parent of one of the student said. “We are emerging from successive lockdowns. The form fee is 2400 and now the expenses will incur in the form of travel. How can I allow my son to travel amid deadly contagion? My son, who scored 92% in the JEE Mains, may not be able to sit for JEE Advanced.

As today is the last date of the form submission, Muneer Mirza is still confused if he should submit the form or not. “Even though the choice of the center comes in Srinagar, it is mostly kept in Jammu. Travel entails a lot of problems like accommodation,” said Muneer Mirza who fears contracting the virus.

“With JEE advanced exam to be conducted on 27 Sep, no centre has been allocated to Kashmir. Many eligible candidates are not applying for the exam as it’s not possible for them to travel outside in the present scenario,” tweeted PDP Youth president, Waheed Ur Rehman Para.


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