As the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training ((PSBTE and IT) has set up the examination centres for Joint Entrance Test (JET) to be held on Sunday (April 19) at the polytechnic colleges in the district, the applicants are harried a lot as they say the centres are located far away from their residences.
The students from Doraha have been asked to appear at Ludhiana Group of Colleges, Jagraon, for the exam, which is 60 km from Doraha. Similarly, the students of government high school, Bhaini Salu, will be appearing at GHG College of Pharmacy, Raikot.
A parent, Hitesh Khurana, said, "I am a Doraha resident where no centre has been made. It is difficult for me to send my daughter to Jagraon alone so she will not appear in the JET. There are many government schools in Doraha where the department could have set up the exam centres."
A student, who wished not to be named, said, "My parents contacted the district education department, Ludhiana, as our examination centre for JET is 40-km away from my residence. My parents were told to contact the board's office."
It is pertinent to mention here that the board has set up eight examination centres at Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College, Gill Road, which has left the students in a fix as on the admit cards only examination centres' name has been given, with no mention of the name of the departments concerned.
Talking to Hindustan Times, district guidance counsellor Santokh Singh said, "We are receiving a lot of phone calls from the parents whose wards are going to appear in the JET exams on Sunday and they say that it will be very difficult to reach the examination centres. This is the first time that the board has set up examination centres in the district at all the polytechnic colleges. Last year, centres were made in the government schools."
When contacted, one of the board officials, seeking anonymity, said, "All the polytechnic colleges will provide transport facility to the students so I don't think there will be any problem. This year we have received a good response from three districts-Ludhiana, Jalandhar and SAS Nagar. The district education officers and district guidance counsellors have motivated the students and that's why this time the response is good."
Candidates and exam centres
Exam centres: 267 in Punjab including 24 in Ludhiana. Of these, 250 centres have been made in polytechnic colleges
Candidates in Punjab: 62,000
Candidates in Ludhiana: 5,000