The CBSE conducted the NEET exam on Sunday for more than 1.3 million students from across India. Students from Tamil Nadu were allotted different centres in different states. Kerala, Sikkim and Rajasthan served as exam venues.
The NEET exams, for many, are regarded as a pivotal point in their lives. Students throng centres to write the exam, after studying for months. For many students, they feel their NEET performance is a key to a great future. Naturally, the parents accompany them.
For the parents, it is a test of patience. They have to wait while their children sweat it out in the exam hall. So much so, that the parents often forget about themselves. A 46-year-old man from Tamil Nadu died of a heart attack on Sunday, May 6th. He was accompanying his son to Kerala for the NEET exam.
In an unlikely yet welcome course of events, a mosque has surfaced and is in focus for its decision to host the parents of the NEET candidates.
The management of the Vadi Hira Masjid at Aluva, near Kochi, decided to open the mosque doors to parents, including women, and provide the necessary arrangements for them to rest, while the students wrote the exam.
Aluva has had an influx of around 1,200 students, who have arrived for the medical entrance examination. They have been distributed among allotted exam centres in nearby Thottumukham Sivagiri School and Chalakkal Amal Public School. The mosque’s management arranged for the accommodation of hundreds of parents, according to Abdul Raoof Bin Rahim, a social activist, in News 18.
The mosque had played good Samaritan last year as well, after seeing the hassled parents crowding the gates of the exam centre.
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Well, this year, the authorities made sure they were better prepared to receive all the people who arrived for the entrance exam, Raoof said. He added that apart from the mosque, nearby houses and shops accommodated the exhausted parents. Youth from the villages of Malayam Kadu, Keeran Kunnu and Ajantha volunteered to help with the operations, to make sure the parents were comfortable while their children cracked the exam.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)