Heart-Rending Scenes at EAMCET Centers

  • Entry Barred to Students Who Arrived Late By A Minute

HYDERABAD: A girl student who raced to the exam center at MNR College in Kukatpally was late by one minute and was not allowed. She along with her parents pleaded the officials to allow her or else she would waste her yearlong preparations. But the officials remained adamant and refused the girl to enter. The parents even picked up an argument but of no avail.

Such pathetic and heart-rending scenes were witnessed at many centers where the EAMCET exams of the Telangana State were held on Thursday as officials barred students coming late by even a minute.

Over 2.31 lakh students are expected to take the exams conducted by JNTU in as many as 423 centers across the state. In Hyderabad alone, 1.31 lakh students are expected to take the exams in 111 centers.

While 1,39,636 students are expected to take the exams for the engineering stream all over the state in the morning, 92,362 candidates applied for appearing for Medical and Agriculture streams in the afternoon.

The parents and students were very apprehensive in the wake of the strike by the RTC employees, but heaved a sigh of relief when the strike was called off following a settlement reached between the management and the crew in the evening.

The RTC authorities also announced that as many as 600 special buses would be operated to ferry the students to the exam centers.

Though the authorities had advised the students to reach the exam centers half-an-hour in advance and warned that no student would be allowed even if arrived late by one minute, many students literally missed the buses in reaching the exam centers in time due to many unforeseen reasons.

The chaotic traffic snarls due to metro-rail works, lack of road sense and erratic driving by the incorrigible auto drivers, etc., prevented many students to reach the exam centers in time. There was delay also in the flow of traffic at the railway level crossings due to closure of gates.

Consequently, many students, including girls along with their parents, were seen literally panting and sprinting to reach the centers. However, due to reasons and situations beyond their control, many students arrived late by few seconds even as the gates to centers were being closed. The officials manning the centers, especially the security guards posted the gates, did not permit the students to enter.

Many students, both boys and girls, were found literally in tears and pleaded the officials to permit them to enter. Parents who have pinned their hopes on their wards to take up professional courses were shocked and heartbroken on finding their children’s entry being barred for arriving a few seconds late. Some parents also wept along with their children for denying entrance into the exam centers. (NSS)

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