Wary of fairness, over 26000 appear in CET in J&K

Iqbal Kirmani
Srinagar: Over 26000 aspirants Saturday appeared in Common Entrance Test (CET) for Physics and Chemistry papers. The Biology and Mathematics papers will be conducted on Sunday.
Around 37 examination centres have been set up in the state with more than 14000 students appearing at 20 centres in Kashmir Valley and over 12000 at 17 centres in Jammu, said an official of JK Board of Professional Entrance Examination WHICH IS entrusted with the conduct of examinations to select candidates for various professional courses.
As the examination is being held against the back drop of scam involving former chairman of the CET-conducting body, the aspirants are wary about the fairness of the test.
“I have firm belief in my hard work but at the same time I am keeping my fingers crossed,” Shariq Ahmad, one of the aspirants, told Kashmir Reader.
Another student, Ruqayya Shafi echoed same concerns, saying, “When the former head of any organisation has been found to have been involved by Crime Branch of Police, suspicion is natural. However as a student one has to go through this test.”
Not only students, the parents too are worried about the fairness of the examination.
“I do not say that the BOPEE has lost credibility but when you come across such a scam, one has to be apprehensive,” said Qayoom Ehsan, a parent waiting for his ward at Kashmir University,.
Qaiser Ali, another parent said he has faith in the BOPEE, notwithstanding the scam in CET-2012 and some goof up last year.
“We must not lose faith in CET-conducting body. They have thrown all black sheep out,” he said.
The Crime Branch investigation into CET-2012 has at-least 25 beneficiary students. far at-least 22 persons have been arrested by the investigation agency including the former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Peer and brokers—Sajjad Ahmad, Haroon Rashid and Farooq Ahmad Itoo.