Sunday morning’s National Eligibility Test (NET) became a nightmare for hundreds of applicants in the city who were told that they had reached the “wrong” examination centre.
Akhilesh Gupta, secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC), the body that conducts NET, said the goof-up happened as Kirori Mal College, the coordinating centre for NET, replaced last year’s centre allotment list on its website only on June 22. “It is likely that candidates saw the old list and turned up at the centres accordingly,” said Gupta, adding that a re-examination will be held for those who missed the test.
Close to 800,000 people had registered for Sunday's NET exam. When Ritu, a candidate, looked up her examination centre on the internet, it said Buddh Vihar, Rohini.
But on reaching the centre, she was told to go to Uttam Nagar instead, which is 16 kms away — barely 15 minutes before the exam started. When she reached the centre, she was not allowed to enter as she was late. Hundreds of students in a similar situation stood outside numerous centres in Delhi, first waiting then protesting what they felt was a big goof-up by the UGC and KMC. “In the larger interests of the candidates, a re-examination will be held. Some reports of mismanagement at Ranchi have also surfaced and a re-examination will be organised there as well,” said Gupta.