Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday announced that the students from Karnataka who missed the NEET examinations due to train delay will be given another chance to take the test.
Hundreds of NEET aspirants had missed the examination across Karnataka on Sunday due to a 7-hour delay of the Hampi Express.
"Happy to announce that Karnataka students who missed NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance," read Javadekar's tweet.
Happy to announce that #Karnataka Students who missed #NEET exam , due to railway delay will get another chance.@MoHFW_INDIA @HRDMinistry @PIB_India @MIB_India @DG_NTA @cbseindia29 @ciet_ncert @DDNewsLive @airnewsalerts @DVSBJP@CMofKarnataka
— Chowkidar Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) May 6, 2019
The Hampi Express from Hubli to Mysuru was running on a diverted route due to maintenance work between Guntakal-Kalluru. Students from North Karnataka, especially from Hubballi, Ballari, Hospet and nearby areas relied on Hampi Express which was supposed to reach Bengaluru at 7 am. However, the train reached Bengaluru only at 3 pm.
As the chaos marred the examination, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy joined students and their parents to demand that a special examination for those who could not appear for NEET be held. After Javadekar tweeted about giving another chance to the aspirants, Kumaraswamy said thank you for considering the request.
— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) May 6, 2019
Protesting against the mismanagement during the NEET exam, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also took out a rally demanding re-exam.