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IIT students, alumni launch portal to provide transport facilities to NEET, JEE candidates

Students and alumni of various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have launched a portal to help JEE and NEET candidates with transportation facility, officials said.

Travelling concerns have been raised by students on social media amid the Covid-19 risk. Besides, many candidates have moved to different cities during lockdown and hence are at far off locations from the examination centres.

“During the Covid-19 crisis, one of the major concerns among students is regarding difficulty in reaching the exam centres. Students and alumni of IITs have promptly come forward and launched a dedicated portal to connect with good samaritans who may want to help the needy candidates. The portal called “Eduride” will ease burden of commuting for the candidates, especially from remote locations and poorly connected areas,” IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao said.

“After registration of alumni, volunteers and candidates, the portal will connect appropriate combinations of volunteers and candidates via exchange of contact details. The two can then coordinate to plan the travel to the exam centre. The donated money will help the organisers fund cab service for the exam-takers on the day of the exam,” he said.

There has been a growing chorus against holding of crucial entrance exams like JEE-Mains, JEE-Advanced and NEET in September, in view of rising Covid-19 cases.

However, the Ministry of Education has asserted that further delay in conducting the exams can lead to a zero academic year and hence, the exams will be conducted as per schedule in September.