Dropped SET candidates alleging ‘flawed key’ threaten to protest before NAAC team

Dropped SET candidates alleging ‘flawed key’ threaten to protest before NAAC team

SRINAGAR: Scores of aggrieved candidates dropped from last year’s State Eligibility Test (SET) conducted by the University of Kashmir (KU) have threatened to register a protest with the visiting National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team.
Candidates threatening to take even “extreme steps” alleged that they have been pushed out of the qualifying list on the basis of “flawed” answer keys “to accommodate blue-eyed candidates”.
The candidates said the KU was depriving them of their “due share” and crucial weightage through “delay tactics” for more than a year now.
They said that the candidates were dropped across subjects including Education, English, Political Science and Economics.
“We submitted our grievances to many officials, but they were not taken into consideration as it would have pushed out the blue eyed candidates. We were way ahead in the list had the answer keys been rectified,” an aggrieved candidate said.
While the cut off merit in English as per the “flawed” answer key settled at 226, a candidate said he scored 224 accordingly and was pushed out of the list.
“Scores of the answers for the general paper were shown as incorrect as we matched with our teachers, but the officials didn’t budge from their arrogance and showed us the door. If it is properly looked into, it might turn out to be a big scam,” he alleged.
Another aggrieved candidate in Psychology subject said that he was dropped “despite being ahead in the list”.
“Even layman could guess the answer for one of the questions for which they have shown incorrect response of the key,” he added.
While the KU, as per an aggrieved candidate, “cited some UGC norms” for not considering their selection, “But the UGC itself rectified one of its examination notifications altogether” he said.
In case the KU fails to address their issue, the candidates said that they “won’t let the NAAC inspection take place” and register a protest.
Some of them even threatened to take “extreme steps”.
“Although we registered our case in the court in December last year, they have fixed the hearing in August. By then, our career will be ruined as we won’t be able to apply for the posts we wish to. We are being deprived of our due SET weightage,” a candidate said.
Prof Irshad A Nawchoo, who was the coordinator of the last year’s SET examination conducted by KU, did not answer to repeated calls made by Kashmir Reader.