Railways Recruitment Board, Kolkata (RRB, Kolkata) on March 14th, 2016 announced that the RRB NTPC 2016 Examination for Non-Technical Posts will be rescheduled as per the upcoming notification from Railways Ministry.
Previously, a huge number of students (nearly 1.5 lakh) who applied for the posts of Non-Technical Vacancies in different areas under Railways Recruitment Board, Kolkata division were allotted with seats for the examination in other states and in other cities than their preferred choices in the online application form.
Most of the students who applied for the above-mentioned cities of West Bengal were provided with seats mainly in Noida, Ghaziabad, Ranchi etc. On the contrary, a huge number of students were gathered on different social media sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.
Many of them even made Twits to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu's Twitter account regarding this issue requesting him to change their examination centres to West Bengal.But they got no positive response from the authority's end. Finally, they took a movement on March 14th, 2016 to change the schedule of the examination and started their agitation in front of RRB, Kolkata head office near Shayambazar in Kolkata. Near about 4000 students joined in the agitation march to RRB Kolkata office.
They also started their dharna in front of Barrackpore Trunk Road (B.T.Road) from near around 12.00 PM. After around 4 hours of continuous dharna on road RRB, Kolkata finally held down their heads in front of Students' pressure.
The authority then announced and put a notice in front of the office building that the examination will be rescheduled and students who have got the examination Centres in other states despite applying for Examination centres in West Bengal will be able to apply for a change of their Examination centres if they give an application written in their own hands requesting for the rescheduling Examination Centres with proper reasons along with the print out of their existing admit cards to the RRB Kolkata office.
The dates of rescheduling of examination haven't been transmitted yet by the authority to the students but they have said that they will be announcing soon the new venues and dates for the said examination. While asked about this misinterpretation of examination centres to the students, the authority said that this is due to the insufficient arrangements and infrastructure of Online Examination Centres in West Bengal.Point to be noted, this is the first time that Railway Recruitment Board has been taking Online Examination for any kind of Non-technical post all over India.
RRB Kolkata hasn't announced any certain last date yet to submit the application but the sources have said that March 17th, 2016 is the last date set by the authority for this process.
A total rough statistical calculation of March 14th, 15th & 16th altogether show that around 30,000-35,000 application have already been submitted to RRB Kolkata office and on March 17th, 2016 the number of applications for the change of Examination Centres are expected to be crossing 60,000.
Source: Soutrik Das, City Journalist - Kolkata, CollegeDekho