26,211 Students Appear in CET Exams

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SRINAGAR: Over 26,000 students today appeared in Jammu and Kashmir Common Entrance Test (JKCET) for admissions to medical and engineering colleges in the state even as several aspirants could not make it to the halls in time due to protests in Nishat area of the city.

“A total of 26,211 students appeared in the JKCET examination at 47 centres set up for the purpose,” PTI quoting Controller Examination, Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), Farooq Ahmad Mir reported.

Mir said while 15,020 students appeared for the test at 27 designated centres in Srinagar, 11,191 students appeared at 20 centres in Jammu.

As many as 2,155 students failed to appear in the examinations despite completing all formalities, he said adding it is believed that most of these students failed to qualify as the CET forms were issued prior to the declaration of 12th class results.

However, many students alleged that they could not reach the examination halls in time due to “law and order problems” in some parts of the city including Nishat on the banks of Dal Lake and adjoining areas.

Asked about the claims made by the students, Mir said “we have not received any such complaint so far”.

“There is no such complaint…We have in fact directed the superintendents of examinations to allow any student if he reaches 10-15 minutes late of the scheduled time,” he said.

Mir said while 1,100 students failed to appear in Jammu, the number was 1,050 in Srinagar.

Hundreds of people this morning blocked the foreshore road along the banks of Dal Lake in support of their demand for easy access to building material and construction permission, restricting the movement of traffic in the tourist hub.

..& They Missed Their Exams

Scores of youngsters proceeding to appear in the common entrance test (CET) for professional colleges were unable to reach their examination centres on Saturday as insensitive protesters, including elderly people and women, did not heed their pleading to let them pass through roadblocks set up along the Dal Lake here.

Police and administration officials remained mute spectators as the charged-up protesters went around stopping and intimidating students, tourists and commuters alike at dozens of roadblocks manned by youths, some of them carrying sharp-edged weapons, egged on by elderly protesters supervising this free-for-all situation.

The protesters refused to allow the hapless students a safe passage along the foreshore road even when the latter begged and showed their admit cards.

“I have to go back. This is hell. These people are agitating for their so-called rights by infringing on my basic right to seek a career in life. Where is the government,” asked a dejected girl who was to appear at one of the centres inside Kashmir University.

The students who missed the opportunity to appear in the CET had their examination centres inside Kashmir University and Regional Engineering College in the city.

The protesters were demanding free access to building material for houses around the Lake and no restriction on constructions in the area.

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