The court first agreed to hear on urgent basis after it was mentioned by advocate Pallav Mongia on behalf of the petitioners. The petition sought an interim stay at the gate. It said that nine lakh students are appearing for the examination at 200 centers and the authorities have not issued any COVID-appropriate guidelines for conducting the examination.
Let us inform that thousands of students appearing in GATE have demanded postponement of the examination in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situations. The aspirants of GATE exam are afraid of getting infected with corona and there are many students who are covid positive. In such a situation, there is a demand of the students that the examinations should be postponed for some time. The students pointed out that with the arrival of 8 lakh students from different parts of the country it is clear that a large number of students will have to travel long distances to appear in the examination, which is unsafe for them as well as the general public.
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Shubhangi Dey, a GATE aspirant says, “I am COVID positive and feeling very weak, I have 103+ degree fever. It is very difficult for me to prepare for the exam in this situation. I don’t know how to prepare for the exam. Will be allowed or not. This will ruin my one year. I have worked very hard for this exam.