GATE 2022 starts today after Supreme Court green signal

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Exam, 2022 (GATE 2022) begins Saturday (February 5), days after the Supreme Court dismissed petitions for a postponement. The national-level research is being conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB) – GATE under the Union Ministry of Education.

The computer-based test (CGT) is performed in two shifts: from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The exam will be held amid the restrictions of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in many parts of the country.

Candidates are requested to reach the exam centers 90 minutes before the start of the exam with their admission card.

Those who appear at the study will be required to follow Covid protocols such as wearing face masks, sanitizing hands, etc. The study centers will also be sanitized.

GATE is an exam that mainly tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science for masters program admission and recruitment by some public sector companies.

Other phases of GATE 2022 will take place on February 6, 12 and 13.

Although the petitions against its postponement were rejected, the Supreme Court judge headed by Judge DY Chandrachud said it will cause “chaos and uncertainty” in the lives of students who have registered for the exam.

The petitioners had moved to court to postpone the exam due to the third wave of Covid-19, but the court said it found no overarching reasons to replace roles and responsibilities of regulatory authorities.

“Now everything is opening up in the country. We cannot play with the careers of students. It is a matter of academic policy and these matters should be investigated by them. It is very dangerous for the court to enter this arena,” the bank observed.

Two petitions have been filed in the matter – one by the students/candidates appearing for the GATE 2022 exam – and another a PIL on behalf of Umesh Dhande, who runs an educational institute that guides students for GATE and other exams.

Sajal Jain
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