No centre for AIIMS exams in Kashmir

The authorities in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have ignored Kashmir in allotment of exam centres for their post graduate (PG) and under-graduate (UG) exams to be conducted in next month.

The exam centre will be located in Jammu for both PG exams– scheduled on May 6—and the UG exams that are scheduled on May 26.

“It is not possible for all candidates to travel to Jammu for exams,” said Imtiyaz Qazi, an aspirant for AIIMS UG exams.

The students said the temperature in Jammu is getting hotter with each passing day.

“Travelling from Srinagar to Jammu in the hottest summer season will be most difficult for all students particularly girls. It is beyond our understanding why no centre is allotted to Valley for all these exams,” the aspirants said.

Earlier, the AIIMS PG aspirants had also urged the governor administration for intervention in setting up a few centres in the Valley. But nothing has been done so far.

“Valley students are subjected to mental trauma and our preparations get disturbed because we have to plan for travel. The government should take up the matter with authorities in AIIMS and should ensure that one exam centre is allotted to the Valley every year during these exams,” the aspirants said.

Over the years, Kashmir has been ignored in the allotment of centres for national level competitive exams.

In February, a batch of 500 students missed GATE-2019 exams as no centre was allotted in Kashmir for the first phase of the exams. But after hue and cry, six centres were set up in the Valley.

K Vijay Kumar, advisor to J&K Governor, had told Greater Kashmir the matter will be taken up with authorities concerned in the AIIMS, New Delhi.