Amid the third wave of COVID-19, the demands for postponing GATE 2022 have escalated with every passing day. Twitter, the popular social media platform, has been flooded with incessant tweets and posts from candidates under the hashtag #GATE 2022 and #postponeGATE2022. Coming in support of these candidates is a popular YouTuber named Pure Mathematical Guruji. He, along with Dhande Sir, has filed a PIL in the Supreme Court, pleading the apex court to postpone the GATE 2022 exam.
What’s the PIL About?
The famous YouTuber has in the last few days, expressed his stance on the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) 2022. As of now, the exam is being scheduled at a nationwide level on February 05, 06, 12, and 13, 2022. The test will be held at selected centres across the country, through the computer-based format.
- According to Pure Mathematical Guruji, candidates have worked hard to prepare for GATE 2022. This long, incessant preparation is being disregarded by conducting the exam under such tense times. While the country has begun recovering from the third wave of COVID-19, it’s is still far too risky to conduct such an important test on a national level. The same has been reiterated in the PIL, hearing for which is supposedly taking place today, January 31, 2022.
Petition Filed by 23,000 GATE 2022 aspirants
Earlier this month, as many as 23,000 candidates filed an online petition demanding the postponement of GATE 2022 examination. In the petition, students referred to a report published by IIT Kharagpur professors predicting the third wave to subside by early February 2022. However, the entrance test is scheduled for the first week of this month, while the country is still recovering. After explaining this stance, the petition demanded the institute to postpone the exam.
Response by IIT Kharagpur
As students began protesting on Twitter, several false claims surfaced claiming the exam to be postponed. After knowing and acknowledging these false trails, IIT Kharagpur, the conducting body of GATE 2022 clarified that they have not considered any postponement or rescheduling. So, the entrance test will be held as per the decided dates. However, the decision on removing international centers from the exam scheme shall remain valid.
IIT Kharagpur’s response further, aggravated the demands for postponement. This also encouraged the YouTuber to file a litigation in support of students. A verdict, in this case, will invariably decide the future stance of IITs. In the meantime, students have been advised to continue their preparation for GATE 2022 in full swing for the upcoming entrance test.