KEA counselling goes past midnight

KEA counselling goes past midnight

Medical and dental seat aspirants had to wait till midnight and beyond on Saturday to get their documents verified at the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) office on Saturday.

Candidates and parents, who arrived at the KEA office at Malleswaram, had to wait up to 10 hours to get their turn.

“We were given the time as 5 pm and were asked to be here in advance at 3 pm. We have been here since then and even at 12 midnight, we are still waiting for our turn,” said Srikala, who flew in from Kochi on Saturday morning with her husband and daughter. According to her, at 12 am, close to 100 candidates were still waiting to get their documents verified.

Another parent said that authorities were not prepared to handle such a crowd. “People are coming from different states. They should know how many candidates they can see in one day. There is no provision for food and no proper toilet facilities. This does not happen with engineering counselling,” he said.

The document verification for candidates who qualified in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) began on Tuesday and concludes on July 19.

When contacted, the KEA officials said more than 3,000 candidates  appeared for verification on Saturday. “We were able to finish by 9 or 9.15 pm in previous days. Today, the number of ranks posted for verification​ were more. We have to make sure that everyone completes the process today I as they have come from far,” a KEA official told DH.  The official added that they had adequate toilet facilities and a canteen so that candidates were not inconvenienced.
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