SRINAGAR: With restrictions in place across the Kashmir Valley, almost half of the over ten thousand aspirants for UGC-NET examination could not make to the examination centres on Sunday.
The exam was earlier scheduled for July 10 but the CBSE, which is the nodal agency for holding the test, postponed it “due to unavoidable circumstances”.
“Around 6000 candidates from Kashmir province appeared in the UGC-NET examination,” an official release said. Around 10300 candidates from the Valley registered for appearing in the NET, conducted by UGC every year for determining the eligibility of candidates for Assistant Professorship and Junior Research Fellowship in universities and colleges.
Officials in Divisional Commissioner Kashmir were coordinating the conduct of the test at 16 centres in Srinagar.
“Adequate transport facilities were arranged by the respective district administrations for ferrying the candidates,” the official release said.
Gousyia Ali, one of the aspirants said she could not make it to the examination centre at Hazratbal due to the non-availability of the transport.
“The government, according to the announcement in newspapers, had kept the transport available at TRC for Srinagar which is ten kilometers away from the place where I reside,” said the aspirant.
An official of Kashmir University said that it was for the first time that only 48% aspirants appeared in test at two centres housed in the varsity.
“In the two NET sub-centres at KU, 1860 candidates had registered for the examination. In the first centre, 473 candidates out of 960 wrote first two papers while in second such centre, only 428 were present out of 900 registered candidates,” the official said.
The nearly 48% attendance for the NET exam was “extra-ordinarily weak”, the official said, pointing out that over 90% candidates would appear for the exam normally.