Kerala Floods: Shashi Tharoor urges ICAR, IBPS to postpone exams scheduled on August 19

Published on: Aug 18, 2018 14:28 IST
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The rains have subsided in Kerala but the situation is far from getting better in most parts of the state as the floodgates of big dams continue to let out the waters. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already announced that all the educational institutes in the state - which is reeling under one of the worst floods since 1924 - will remain closed till August 9, 2018. The Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) have also postponed the recruitment process. However, there are a certain entrance and recruitment exams which are scheduled on Sunday, August 19.

Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram - Kerala's capital, has raised concerns for the students and requested the concerned officials to either postpone or do a repeat exam for affected Keralites. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Undergraduate entrance exam and The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) exams are supposed to take place on Sunday.

"ICAR UG entrance exam is scheduled to be held this Sunday, 19th August. Because of #KeralaFloods it will be very difficult for most Keralites to reach exam centres. Could @icarindia postpone the exams or do a repeat exam for affected Keralites?" Tharoor wrote on micro-blogging site. Reserve Bank of India has already faced criticism for conducting the recruitment exam meant for Grade B officers while ignoring the plight of people in the state.

According to reports, the floods have caused massive destruction in several parts of the state in the past 10 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Chief Minister regarding flood situation and is expected to be heading to the state to take stock of the situation in Kerala. The government has set up over 1500 relief camps all over the state to give shelter to nearly 2.25 people.

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