Delhi News : The first day of the fourth phase of the common university entrance test (CUET) was marred by technical glitches at several examination centres, prompting the National Testing Agency (NTA) to cancel exams at 13 centres, most of them in the national capital.
According to the NTA, the exams of 8,693 affected candidates might now be conducted on August 25. The students will be informed about the new dates on Thursday, the agency said.
The debut edition of the CUET for undergraduate admissions has faced several technical glitches so far, due to which the NTA, responsible for conducting the exam, has had to postpone many exams during the first three phases. On August 4, all exams scheduled for the evening were cancelled at all 489 centres across the country, and 50 and 53 centres were affected on August 5 and 6.
“Due to unavoidable technical reasons, examinations scheduled for Wednesday–the first day of the fourth phase–were cancelled in 13 centres. Of the total of 145,885 candidates, 8,693 were affected,” the NTA said in a statement.
Of these 13 centres, eight are in Delhi, two in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh each, and one in Haryana. The centres where the exam was cancelled in Delhi include Guru Hargobind Institute of Management and Information Technology in Delhi, Asia Pacific Institute in Jasola (Delhi) AIS Assessment Zone, and Aakash International Senior Secondary School in Delhi’s Nangloi.
“The candidates whose Wednesday’s examination was cancelled will be informed about their new date on Thursday. It is proposed to hold these examinations on August 25, 2022,” the NTA said.
Meanwhile, students expressed their disappointment over the last-minute cancellation of exams on Wednesday. “Students reached the centre from far-flung areas only to find out that the exam was cancelled. It is such a waste of time and resources. No one at the centre informed us. We just saw a notice pasted outside the centre,” Anil Kumar, a student whose centre was in Nangloi, said.
Parents of several students also complained on social media. Praveen Kumar Chaudary, whose ward’s examination centre was in Rohini Sector 23, tweeted, “The CUET exam was cancelled after waiting for two and a half hours due to non functional servers. What a pity? Kids reached the centres by crossing filthy sewage filled lanes in remote village.Lots of kids slipped in filth.”
On August 7, University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said there were indications of “sabotage” in the conduct of the exam and that tests at certain centres were cancelled for the good of students. Kumar said strict action will be taken against anyone involved in “wilful sabotage” of the process.
The fourth phase of CUET will conclude on August 20 after which two more phases, between August 21 and August 30, will take place. According to the initial plan, the CUET was to conclude on August 20. However, the NTA had to extend it due to the consecutive cancellation of exams.
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