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Mumbai downpour: 100 students miss IPMAT entrance exams

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The affected students are now running from pillar to post, with frantic messages to IIM-Indore Director, Professor Himanshu Rai, and even Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

 

Mumbai, July 19. The torrential downpour in Mumbai in the past four days had an unexpected fallout – around 100 students missed the annual IPMAT entrance exams to get admission to IIM-Indore.

The affected students are now running from pillar to post, with frantic messages to IIM-Indore Director, Professor Himanshu Rai, and even Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“This year, the IPMAT was scheduled on July 16 at the Ion Digital Zone in Powai. But due to heavy rains, flooding and road blocks near the exam centre, many of us were forced to take a very long detour and could not reach on time,” said Kunal N. Gupta, one of the dejected aspirants.

Besides, many others like Abhinav Kale, Falak Shah, Jash Sheth and scores of other were also delayed by a few minutes but were not permitted to write the crucial exams, he said.

Now, the students have launched an online campaign with hashtags like #PMMISSED AND #IPMAT to draw the attention of the authorities concerned.

“We want them to consider the extraordinary circumstances that day we have prepared for very long for this prestigious exam, some have even taken a year’s drop. We urge the government and the IIM-Indore to do the needful to save our future,” Gupta said.

Despite repeated attempts by IANS, the IIM-Indore Director and other authorities were not available for comments in the matter.

Recounting the difficulties they encountered in the inclement weather conditions, Kale, Shah and Sheth said many of them abandoned their vehicles and tried to run in the heavy showers for almost a couple of kilometres, but were still delayed.

The harried scholars have now formed a WhatsApp group to highlight their plight and have posted media clippings, photos, videos of the students struggling to reach their exam centre and other things to justify their stand.

They have also contacted the admission office at IIM-Indore through email, phone-calls, but to no avail, besides making appeals on social media.

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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