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NET aspirants demand exam centres within J&K

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Srinagar, Nov 22: Students here are up in arms against the National Testing Agency (NTA) for designating their exams centres for upcoming NET exams outside J&K state.

The NET (national eligibility test) exams are likely to be conducted on December 18 by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

From this year, the UGC established NTA as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission, fellowship in higher educational institutions.

“The problem is that many students have their centres in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. It is discrimination with aspirants from Kashmir,” said one of the aspirants.

He said Valley candidates had prioritized their exam centres in Baramulla and Srinagar district and had given alternate option for their centre in Jammu and Kathua.

“But most of the students have their exam centres outside J&K state,” he said.

The candidates were asked to download their admit cards from NTA website from November 19.

The aggrieved students also said they it was not possible for them to afford air tickets to travel to other states and appear in exams.

The aspirants have appealed the J&K Governor, Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Chief Secretary to personally intervene in the matter so that their exam centres are set up within the state.

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