5 college students of the Indian Institute of Expertise (IIT), Bombay, have designed an online portal to assist candidates showing for Nationwide Eligibility-cum-Entrance Take a look at (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) discover transport to their check centres.
EduRide is an online portal that connects candidates throughout the nation with volunteers keen to drive or organize a automobile to their respective check centres. Any NEET or JEE candidate can log in on the web site, enter particulars of location of residence and check centres. These particulars are then matched in opposition to volunteers, who’re from a community of scholars and alumni of assorted IITs.
“We take preferences from a volunteer and he/she might both drive the coed or organize a automobile for the coed. Our portal tries to map an acceptable pupil from a selected space to a volunteer from the identical space,” mentioned Kriti Kamna, who handles publicity of the web site. The portal can also be elevating funds to facilitate transport for candidates.
Since its launch on Saturday, the portal is receiving nearly 200 entries a day for transport. The net portal was designed conserving in thoughts the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown in varied elements of the nation.
Nonetheless, IIT Bombay has clarified that it’s merely facilitating the method of connecting a candidate with a volunteer, and doesn’t authenticate the genuineness of both the candidate or the volunteer.
Scheduled to be held in September, NEET and JEE exams have been within the centre of a nationwide controversy after the Supreme Courtroom allowed the central authorities to conduct bodily examinations, amid calls from distressed college students to postpone or cancelling the exams. One of many issues cited by candidates is the dearth of public transport amenities within the lockdown that may deter the candidates’ potential to succeed in their centres on time.
The EduRide portal has come ahead to assist college students overcome the transport downside. Taking to social media, IIT Bombay director Subhasis Chaudhuri mentioned, “With a view to assist the JEE (Foremost) and NEET candidates in varied places throughout the nation, a number of college students and alumni of IITs, together with these of IIT Bombay, have come ahead to attach needy candidates with the volunteers keen to assist in transport or monetarily by way of a web-based portal http://eduride.in. I request volunteers to assist in offering transport to the needy candidates of their neighborhood. Allow us to all assist the longer term engineers, docs and scientists of India.”
Kamna mentioned that whereas the portal will do its finest find a transport for such distressed candidates, they need to even have a backup choice prepared.
“Since we have now scarcity of time, we are able to’t course of each request with a assure however we’re positively striving in direction of it,” mentioned Kamna, a remaining yr Electrical Engineering pupil at IIT Bombay.