JEE examinations were conducted all over the country amidst the resumption of lockdown. This led to many students opting out from attending the engineering exam due to health concerns. Some students had to travel long distances in order to reach their exam centers.
As per a report in The Telegraph, Rabindranath Mondal and Diganta, father and son duo traveled for a total distance of 120km in order to reach the latter’s exam destination. They started out by cycling for 60km at 5:30am on Tuesday for the exam scheduled at 3pm for the day after. The duo then crossed a river and cycled for 50km on Wednesday at 8am. Mondal decided to ride the bicycle as he did not want his son to tire himself before the exam.
After reaching Sonarpur, they kept the bicycle at a relative’s house and travelled via bus to Science City and another bus trip to Salt Lake. Rabindranath checked buses a day prior to beginning the journey and had avoided taking the transport due to fear of the Covid-19 infection risk. However, he wanted his son to get into an engineering college which would lead to a better lifestyle. Hence, opting out of the exam was not an option due to difficulties faced during this pandemic.
The duo will return back to Piyali after the exam ends at 6pm and take the cycle back to Gosaba which will be late at night.