The HRD Ministry has assured the Karnataka government it would soon decide on their request to allow over 500 students from the state, who missed the NEET exam on Sunday due to a train delay, to write it again, the Chief Ministers office said on Monday.
Chief MinisterÂ H D Kumaraswamy on Monday held a meeting withÂ Chief SecretaryÂ T M Vijaya Bhaskar and HigherÂ EducationÂ Department officials regarding the issue.
The students missed the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday as their train reached Bengaluru an hour after the scheduled reporting time and also due to a change in an exam centre, reportedly without any prior information.
"The CM held a meeting with the CS & Higher Edu Dept on the issue of 500+ students unable to take #NEET due to a train delay on Sunday. The CS, as directed by the CM, requested HRD ministry to let students take the exam again. The ministry has assured that they will take a decision ASAP," theÂ Chief Minister's OfficeÂ said in a tweet.
Meanwhile,Â Union MinisterÂ D V Sadananda Gowda also wrote toÂ HRD MinisterÂ Prakash Javadekar, seeking anÂ early solutionÂ to the issue.
He said the situation could easily have been averted had theÂ National Testing AuthorityÂ given wide publicity on the change in exam centre and intimated students well in advance.
According to reports, over 500 students from various places in NorthÂ KarnatakaÂ districts failed to make it to the exam venue due to a five-hour delay in Hampi Express while the others missed the opportunity due to a change in an exam centre.