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100 students fail to appear for IPMAT entrance exams due to heavy rains in Mumbai

The troubled students are trying to seek help from IIM-Indore Director, Professor Himanshu Rai and the Union Education Minister.

As heavy showers continue to hamper the usual business in the city through the past four days, Mumbai residents are faced with umpteen difficulties. Adding to the unforeseen events, nearly 100 students could not sit for the annual IPMAT entrance exams for admissions to IIM Indore, as a direct consequence of the rains. Now, the troubled students are trying to seek help from IIM-Indore Director, Professor Himanshu Rai, and the Union Education Minister.

Longer routes & heavy downpours obstruct the path of the students

"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 applicants who missed the exam. Many other pupils reached the centre just a few minutes late but they were not allowed to take the admission tests. This includes Abhinav Kale, Falak Shah, Jash Sheth and a large number of other aspirants.

Amid the extraordinary circumstances, some students had to leave their vehicles and run for a few kilometres in the heavy rains. Despite all these efforts, they could not reach in time and the exam administrators did not permit them to write the test.

Concerns being highlighted through online campaigns

In a move to attract the attention of the authorities towards their issues, the students have started online campaigns with hashtags like #PMMISSED and #IPMAT. "We want them to consider the extraordinary circumstances that 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.

In addition to this, the perturbed pupils have also made a WhatsApp group to bring their problems into the limelight. They are posting clippings, photos, videos of the students trying their best to reach the centres. They believe that these proofs shall help the authorities to understand their plight. While social media is flooded with appeals, the students have also tried to contact IIM Indore officials but there is no response from the other side.

- With inputs from IANS

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