Appearing for National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday, many aspirants faced a uncomfortable situations in some parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala as they were unaware of ‘do’s and don’ts.’
The innocuous innerwear for women made headlines across news websites on Monday morning after a female candidate appearing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) at a centre in Kannur (Kerala) on May 7 was allegedly asked to remove her bra before taking the exam.
“My daughter went inside the centre only to return a few minutes later to hand over her bra,” said her mother, a teacher. She added that she had to travel 2.5 km at 8.30 am to buy clothes because “dark-coloured lowers weren’t allowed”. Many others went through the ordeal, she alleged.
Lakhs of students across India took the NEET test for undergraduate medical courses. According to an official website, women candidates were to wear “light clothes with half sleeves not having big buttons or brooch/badge or flowers, with salwar/ trouser and slippers or sandals with low heels, not shoes.”
“I know of a Muslim family which gave six tops to candidates to wear. Even more shocking was the fact that authorities did not permit anyone to wear full-sleeved top. Those wearing such sleeves had to cut it to make it short-sleeved.”
Candidates and their wards from various centres across cities later told mediapersons about similar experience after appearing for the test conducted for admission to undergraduate medical courses in government and private medical colleges in the country.
Reportedly, the Central Board of Secondary Education, which conducts the NEET, had on April 25 notified candidates to be “well-dressed at exam centres to “ensure smooth and transparent conduct of NEET 2017”. Students were also warned that they need to follow these instructions otherwise they might not be allowed to sit in the examination. Students were advised to wear “light coloured clothes” and “half sleeves”, which do not have big buttons, badges, etc. Also, ornaments like rings, earrings, nose pin, chain, necklace, pendants, etc, the guidelines said, will have to be removed before entering the examination hall.
Many more complaints were received from various other candidates.
A section of them said that they had a tough time locating the test centre and wanted more information and landmarks to easily reach the centres. Claims were also made by few of them regarding not being allowed inside the test centre though they were late only by a “few minutes.”
“This is entirely due to the ignorance and lack of common sense from the part of the people who were assigned to conduct the exam,” said V. Rajesh Nambiar, a parent and a witness to the incident. He said he would complain to the authorities. “No student should face such a bad experience anywhere in future,” he added. Kannur district collector Mir Mohammed Ali said the administration is aware of the incident. “But we haven’t received any formal complaint so far,” he told DC. “If they (parents and students) can just write a detailed complaint, it would help us start an inquiry.”
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