SRINAGAR: Parents, friends, neighbors, village heads accompanied thousands of candidates who travelled during the Saturday night to reach Srinagar where they sat for sat for the Common Entrance Test to admissions in medical colleges on Sunday.
Most of the examination centres were in schools and colleges in civil lines area of Srinagar.
Given the ongoing anti-India uprising, during which government forces have killed more than 50 people, mostly youth and maimed thousands of others, parents of these aspirants had made it sure that they accompanied them to the examination centres.
Mudasir Ahmad Bhat from Verinag in Anantnag district, whose brother travelled with him, said they left home at 3am and reached Bemina Degree College at 6am.
“There was heavy rush on the highway and the government had made avialable buses at district headquarters and in some towns. But I accompanied my brother to Srinagar because I wanted to ensure that he doesn’t miss this important examination because of some untoward incident,” he said.
“We had bought some food long,” he said.
Abdul Rehman who came from Kokernag accompanied his daughter and four of her friends from Ananatnag in a bus provided by the authorities.
“We left home at 2am and bus left Anantnag at 5am. We only had some snacks and water,” he said, adding because of the situation he felt very anxious.
Musaib Bhat from Seelo, Sopore, about 52km from Srinagar, said the parents and relatives accompanying the candidates left little space in the vehicles for them.
“I had to stand throughout the journey. Now that the exam is over I want to rest and a sleep for a few hours,” he said.
Muhammad Abdullah, Numberdar of his village in Rafiabad, Baramulla, said he travelled along with several candidates from his area to ensure they had a safe ride.
“With no private transport the only option left was the government arranged buses. I am not sure when we will reach home,” he said.
Abdullah said that the drivers have told them the return journey will take place only late in the evening, when the police deployments are withdrawn from roads and protesters have also retired to their homes.
The CET is being conducted by the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) of the state for admission to MBBS course to various colleges in the state.
The BOPEE had shifted three centers from old Srinagar city to uptown areas.
Officials at the Bemina Degree College said the centre registered 95 percent attendance.
The BOPEE in its statement ahs said that it has successfully conducted the test in which 17937 candidates appeared in 25 Test Centres with 17 Centres at Srinagar rest at t Jammu.
The successful candidates will get chance to fill 450 MBBS and 250 dentistry seats in Medical and Dental Colleges in the state.