SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Common Entrance Test (CET) held for admission to various professional courses is mired in controversy this year again, with parents of few students dissatisfied with the way the selections were made.
According to a group of parents from Anantnag in South Kashmir, the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) cancelled about 15 questions from the question paper after the examination was already held. “It has resulted in our children losing their positions in the merit list,” they said.
The examination was conducted on June 7-8, and on the evening of June 8 BOPEE came up with an answer key. “Accordingly, my daughter Saima was among the candidates selected for MBBS. But a few days, BOPEE came up with a revised key in which 15 questions had been declared cancelled,” a parent Ghulam Rasool said.
“Due to cancellation of the questions, my daughter is out of the merit list. Many other students I know are facing a similar problem,” he added.
Another parent Ghulam Mohammad Dar, also from Anantnag, said his two sons, Hanees Ahmad Dar and Yasir Ahmed Dar, have lost their seats.
“Both of them were in the merit list until BOPEE came up with the revised key,” he said. “In fact, the revised key wasn’t made public. We didn’t get to know when the revised key was published and when the questions were declared cancelled.”
The parents say that they will take the issue to the court if BOPEE doesn’t inquire into the matter.
BOPEE is already in news due to paper-leak scam in 2012 in which its then chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, some and parents and some selected students are the prime accused. Peer, currently lodged in the Central Jail Srinagar, is facing trial in the case.
Officials in BOPEE, however, refuted the parents’ allegations.
“The parents approached us also. Revision of answer key and cancellation of questions is part of the routine selection process; there is nothing controversial in it,” said a senior official in BOPEE, wishing not to be named.
“We had received more than 300 applications against the question that BOPEE eventually decided not to count,” he added.