Jamshedpur, June 24: Students appearing for the Graduate Aptitude Test of Biotechnology (GAT-B 2020) examination are demanding to extend the dates in wake of pandemic COVID-19. Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad under Department of Biotechnology has announced to conduct exams on June 30 despite threat of virus looming large across the country.
As per the schedule,the Graduate Aptitude Test of Biotechnology (GAT-B 2020) examination for MSC Biotech entrance and BET 2020 for PhD will be held on June 30.
“We have written to the authorities. We have also resorted to mass tweets too but still the centre is not willing to postpone the dates. Candidates are under immense stress and dilemma. Transportation is the prime issue of candidates hailing from remote areas as well as cities. Distance of exam centres range from 100 TO 1000 KMS for different students. Some even need to transport to different states. We request the authorities to postpone the dates of the exam,” said Sounak Sinha Babu, on behalf of all GAT-B and BET 2020 aspirants, Jamshedpur.
He also added that there are very few and scattered examination centres, chances of public gathering, issue of safety due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases.4 is also a major concern for the students.
He also said that many centres are in red zones and candidates also hail from containment zones. Many candidates have already mailed the organising institute, the nodal officers but they received negative responses.
“There are several students from Jharkhand who are scheduled to appear in the exam. We want the centre to consider all the points and take necessary actions to postpone the examination, as there is no option for the candidates. It is a matter of the career of thousands of students,” said another student.