Recently, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, issued a letter about the allocation of sufficient NEET examination centres in Kashmir for aspirants in the region. The letter was addressed to Rina Ray, the Secretary Department of School Education and Literacy in MHRD.

As a result, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will probably allocate more NEET exam centres in the Valley so that candidates do not need to travel far or go to other states for taking the national level medical entrance exam. An official representative stated,

“The MHRD secretary has taken up the matter with Chairman NTA and requested him to consider allotment of more NEET exam centres for Valley aspirants in Kashmir.”

Issue For Aspirants

With only a few NEET examination centres allotted across J&K, many students requested the state administration and the MHRD to look in to the matter. The main reason for the opposition from students to travel outside was the undependable state of the Jammu-Srinagar highway. A NEET candidate said “

Travelling outside Kashmir to appear in exams proves cumbersome for us and it all gets messed up which distracts students’ minds during last days of preparations.”

Kewal Krishan Sharma, Advisor to Governor has also requested the MHRD for the allotment of higher number of centres in Kashmir for NEET aspirants. According to an official statement,

“The governor administration is very keen to get the demand of students fulfilled. We are hopeful that NTA will announce more exam centres in Kashmir.”

NTA To Be Informed

Currently, the NTA has allocated certain NEET examination centres in colleges across Srinagar that can accommodate almost 5736 candidates. An official representative said

“NEET exam will be conducted in offline mode and director colleges has sought formal approval from NTA to setup NEET exam centres in these institutions.” He added “Once the information will be shared with NTA more centres may be allotted to Kashmir for convenience of students.”

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