Kota denied as exam centre for JEE (Advanced)

Jaipur, May 9 : Kota, the coaching hub for engineering and medical entrance exams, has again been barred from hosting the JEE (Advanced) exam scheduled for May 21 this year.

The Central Board of Secondary Examination has denied Kota the chance to become a exam centre to host JEE ( Advanced), 2017, without citing any reasons for it.

But the decision is certainly going to inconvenience thousands of students from the city, who are still preparing for the JEE (Advanced) remaining in the city.

The JEE ( Mains) in 2017 were held in Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur cities. Kota was denied the status of an examination centre even for the Mains this year.

After the JEE ( Mains), 2017 out on April 27, coaching institutes in Kota claim they have at least 39,000 students have cleared the JEE ( Mains and 48 of them are in the top 100 ranking. The institutes claim about 50,000 take coaching for IIT entrance in the city.

Kota’s coaching business has acquired world wide fame, with students from all over the country studying here and even abroad. The stupendous fees for the coaching has not been a deterrent and the business runs into billions.

Most of the students do not want to leave the city in the last few days before the JEE ( Advanced) to prepare for the last minutes jitters. They do not want to waste precious time travelling up and down.

Coaching institutes say the decision is unfortunate and troublesome for students.
Other cities of Rajasthan like Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pilani, Sikar, Tonk Udaipur are centres for JEE ( Advanced).
Kota’s MP Om Birla, has written to the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javdekar objecting on CBSE’s decision to debar Kota from the examination centers list and has demanded to revive examination centres in Kota.

Over 10 lakh students took the exam at 1,781 centres across India on April 2, 8, and 9 this year. Around 2.21 lakh students, who have cleared the Main, will now sit for JEE (Advanced) for around 11,000 seats across 18 IITs in the country.

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