Why Students Are Angry With CUET – The New Indian Express

The first edition of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for undergraduate admissions was met with serious confusion. A few technical glitches forced the National Testing Agency (NTA) to cancel the exam at some centers, and UGC President Mr Jagadesh Kumar took refuge in the possibility of deliberate sabotage. The test was supposed to take place in two phases spread over three weeks, but it is now extending beyond six weeks.

As most private universities continued with their admissions process, several students found themselves blocked or forced into admission by paying huge fees. CUET’s new dates conflicting with local festivals and misassignment of exam centers also added to their complaints. Overall, the new “one nation, one test” experiment, announced in the middle of the previous school year, hurt thousands of students.

The decision to launch CUET for Central Universities stemmed from the belief that some school boards were being unfairly lavish in awarding grades. In 2021, a University of Delhi professor sparked a firestorm by stating that students from Kerala are infiltrating Delhi through what he called “Marks jihad” and “missionary-type organized development”. On the other hand, CUET, after two difficult years of the pandemic, has effectively established that Class 12 board exam results do not affect UG admissions at several universities. At last count, 45 central universities and dozens of state universities and reputable/private universities have decided to make CUET scores their basis for admission.

It is surprising that NTA, which also organizes other competitions such as JEE (Main) and NEET-UG, ended up with an egg on its face. Of course, CUET is now the second largest entrance exam in India with 14.9 lakh registrations, surpassing JEE (Main). CUET, which aims to create a level playing field, has already spurred another thriving coaching business, creating additional stress for students. The current mess has only compounded their woes. We can’t afford to have such technical issues with an exam as important as CUET. NTA needs to make sure these bugs are squashed. For now, let’s have a referral cell for immediate redress of grievances.

The first edition of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for undergraduate admissions was met with serious confusion. A few technical glitches forced the National Testing Agency (NTA) to cancel the exam at some centers, and UGC President Mr Jagadesh Kumar took refuge in the possibility of deliberate sabotage. The test was supposed to take place in two phases spread over three weeks, but it is now extending beyond six weeks. As most private universities continued with their admissions process, several students found themselves blocked or forced into admission by paying huge fees. CUET’s new dates conflicting with local festivals and misassignment of exam centers also added to their complaints. Overall, the new “one nation, one test” experiment, announced in the middle of the previous school year, hurt thousands of students. The decision to launch CUET for Central Universities stemmed from the belief that some school boards were being unfairly lavish in awarding grades. In 2021, a University of Delhi professor sparked a firestorm by stating that students from Kerala are infiltrating Delhi through what he called “Marks jihad” and “missionary-type organized development”. On the other hand, CUET, after two difficult years of the pandemic, has effectively established that Class 12 board exam results do not affect UG admissions at several universities. At last count, 45 central universities and dozens of state universities and reputable/private universities have decided to make CUET scores their basis for admission. It is surprising that NTA, which also organizes other competitions such as JEE (Main) and NEET-UG, ended up with an egg on its face. Of course, CUET is now the second largest entrance exam in India with 14.9 lakh registrations, surpassing JEE (Main). CUET, which aims to create a level playing field, has already spurred another thriving coaching business, creating additional stress for students. The current mess has only compounded their woes. We can’t afford to have such technical issues with an exam as important as CUET. NTA needs to make sure these bugs are squashed. For now, let’s have a referral cell for immediate redress of grievances.

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