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April 30 2012 , 10:53 AM   #3
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AIEEE candidates stuck in Faridabad gridlock, miss test

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of candidates appearing for All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) on Sunday had to race against time to reach their centres in Faridabad from different parts of Delhi and NCR. Due to heavy traffic and long distance, many could not reach on time and ended up protesting outside the centres as they were not allowed to take the test.

This year, all candidates in Delhi and neighbouring areas, who opted for a pen-and-paper test, were allotted centres only in Faridabad. Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon will have centres only for the online AIEEE to be held on May 7, 12, 19 and 26.

"The centre was located so far away and the road leading to Faridabad from Sarita Vihar was choked in the morning as all candidates from Delhi and NCR were heading there. Though we had left home in Lakshmi Nagar at 7am, we could reach the centre only around 10.15am. As a result, my son could not takeit," said Bharti Jain. Fighting disappointment, Eakansh waited and took the architecture entrance exam which was held later.

Bharti said: "There was total mismanagement in the exam. The hall ticket mentioned the address as KV 1, NH-4. Many parents, including us, assumed it meant national highway 4. Somebody told us later that NH meant neighbourhood."

CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi said, "The board has received just a few calls. Students should have factored in issues like traffic while planning as they know about the centre and location well in advance. Though the board is not responsible for candidates reaching the centres, they can make a representation to the board."

Sanjeev Sarangi, whose son just about managed to enter the centre, said around 20-30 candidates were not allowed to take the exam despite repeated requests. "Some parents even tried to force open the gates and that's when police arrived. But there was nobody to listen to their woes. Not a single CBSE official was present to control the situation," he said.

AIEEE candidates stuck in Faridabad gridlock, miss test - The Times of India
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