With September 11 being announced as the new date for conduct of EAMCET exams, students from Telangana are a distressed lot as they stand to lose one whole academic year.
Close to one lakh students are set to appear in the re-exam that will be held on September 11.
Medical institutions all over India will begin their classes in the last week of August. Students from Telangana cannot apply for these institutions without EAMCET III.
As a result, students are forced to join private colleges that charge an exorbitant amount, which most of them cannot afford. The students are left with no option but to either take up non-medical courses or join long-term coaching classes.
Talking to The News Minute, Akhilesh Reddy, an aspirant from Hyderabad said, â€śThe biggest hurdle is the timing of the exam. A two-month delay in starting the course is too much for a medical student. I worked hard for EAMCET II, studying for up to 15 hours a day. Now I need to do that again.â€ť
He added, â€śOne lakh students will be writing the exam out of which only 2650 students will be selected. What about the rest? They canâ€™t even opt for a different course as all the institutions close their admissions by then.â€ť
The students have asked the government to take strict action against the culprits and not to conduct such important examinations in a carefree manner, thereby jeopardizing their careers.
â€śJust because of some students, our career is at stake. They should be severely punished. Government should come up with proper planning as these are important examinations which decide our lives,â€ť said Ankith, a student from Hyderabad.
â€śI have joined long-term coaching. I wrote EAMCET II and scored a good rank but the exam got cancelled. I am under immense pressure and not ready to sit for EAMCET III."
There is a lot of confusion among the students and they are being compelled to adopt any of the available courses, for fear of losing an academic year.
Keerthana, an MBBS aspirant, said, â€śMy parents asked me to appear for EAMCET III and I have started my preparation again from scratch. This time I am going through a lot of pressure as I dread what will happen to me if this exam also gets cancelled. A phobia has been created in me.â€ť
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday headed a high-level meeting at the CM Camp office, Hyderabad and decided on conducting EAMCET III.
According to a report in The Hindu, KCR said, â€śIt is unfortunate that the question paper got leaked. We are forced to cancel the EAMCET-II examination as we have no other option. Parents of the EAMCET-II students should understand our anguish and cooperate in the smooth conduct of EAMCET-III.â€ť
More than 50,000 students had appeared in EAMCET-II held on July 9 but doubts about the leakage of question paper were raised with students who had secured low ranks in EAMCET-I, bagging top ranks in the re-exam.