BIG Update Regarding CUET Exam Centers in Jammu and Kashmir

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Hundreds of students in Kashmir are facing distress and despair as the National Testing Agency (NTA) has designated their exam centers for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-2023 outside of Jammu and Kashmir. This decision has particularly affected students from impoverished backgrounds who cannot afford the expenses of traveling to the designated centers.

The NTA’s move to establish exam centers outside of J&K has caused significant disruption and placed an additional burden on these ambitious students, who are already grappling with the challenges of preparing for the highly competitive entrance test.

Many of these candidates come from financially disadvantaged families, making it difficult for them to cover the costs of traveling outside of Jammu and Kashmir, said Nisar Ahmad, a student. The students had expressed their preference for an exam center within Kashmir, but were shocked to discover that they had been assigned centers outside of their home state.

In response to this development, the affected students and their concerned parents staged a protest at the Srinagar Press Enclave, demanding a swift resolution to the issue. They passionately appealed for the immediate relocation of their children’s exam centers to Kashmir.

The parents emphasized that the decision to move the exam centers outside of Jammu and Kashmir not only imposes a financial burden on families already struggling to make ends meet but also subjects their children to unnecessary hardship and exhaustion. They argued that these aspiring students have been diligently preparing for the CUET and deserve fair and equitable treatment in the examination process.

The parents urged the relevant authorities, particularly the NTA, to reconsider and rectify the allocation of exam centers, enabling the students to take the CUET within Kashmir.

An official from the Higher Education Department (HED) stated that the matter will be discussed with the NTA to understand the basis on which exam centers were assigned to students from the Valley.

This year, all universities in Jammu and Kashmir have decided to conduct admissions for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses through a written test administered by the NTA. The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) – 2023 is being conducted by the NTA for admission to undergraduate programs in Central Universities, participating universities, institutions, and autonomous colleges.

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