Politicians seek LG’s intervention
Srinagar, May 17 (KNO): Hundreds of Kashmiri students appearing in the Common University Entrance Test (CUET-UG) are fuming over allotment of their examination centres outside Kashmir in complete disregard to their preferred choices for venue of the test.
The aspirants told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that their preferred choice for examination centers were completely disregarded by the examination conducting agency, National Testing Authority and instead have been allotted centres outside Kashmir.
“When I applied for the test, my first choice for the examination centre was Srinagar and second was Pulwama but ironically they have allotted me examination centre in Andhra Pradesh,” said Tabish Gulzar, a female student.
“A number of colleges and universities in Kashmir could have been designated as examination centres but they are allotting us examination centers in states which are far away from J&K. It is grave injustice with us,” she said.
Another aspirant said that she had opted for Srinagar and Baramulla as preferred choices for examination centres but was allotted the centre in Jammu.
“I was shocked when I found that I have to appear in the test in Jammu, which is 400 kilometers away from home. It is very difficult and expensive to travel to Jammu,” she said.
The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is an all-India test conducted by NTA for admission to various undergraduate programmes in 45 Central Universities of India including Kashmir Central University and Jammu Central University.
The aspirants said that hundreds of students from Kashmir could not sit in the examination last year due to allotment of their centers outside the Valley.
“We appeal the NTA authorities to re-allot us examination centers in Kashmir so that we can appear in the test,” they said.
KNO received several calls from the CUET UG aspirants of Kashmir division whose centres have been designated outside the Valley.
Meanwhile, National Convener for the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association (JKSA) Nasir Khuehami expressed concern over allotment of examination centres to Kashmiri students outside the Valley.
“I’m Getting requests from Kashmiri students who hv been allotted exam cities outside J&K for the NTA CUET-UG 2023 exam. This is causing inconvenience & added expenses for these students, who are already facing numerous challenges,” he tweeted.
State secretary of CPI(M) Muhammad Yosouf Tarigami has appealed LG Manoj Sinha to intervene in the matter.
“National Testing Agency conducting exams for various UG courses have designated the examination centres of most of J & K students outside the region, making it challenging for them to write their exams. Poor students lack the wherewithal to pay for the travel expenses,” he said—(KNO)
Except possibility of morning showers, hot and dry weather to continue in J&K: MeT
Srinagar, Sept 15(GNS): The weatherman on Friday forecast “hot and dry” weather to continue in Jammu and Kashmir for a week ahead.
According to a meteorological department official, light to moderate rain and thunderstorm occurred at scattered places of J&K .
“Except brief spell of morning rain, weather is very likely to remain hot and dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours,” the official told GNS, adding, “Day temperature was likely to remain 1-2°C lower than yesterday.”
Regarding the forecast from September 16-22, he said, the weather was mainly going to be hot and dry but a brief spell of rain at isolated to scattered places of J&K cannot be ruled out.
“Due to absence of any strong Western Disturbance or Monsoon Current over J&K, there’s no forecast of major rain for a week, at least.”(GNS)
Budgam duo on Scooty die on spot after being hit by a Sumo
Baramulla, Sep 12, KNT: Two persons, one who was driving the Scooty and the pillion rider died on the spot after being hit by a speeding Sumo in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The mishap took place in Hairath Singhpora area of Pattan.
Sources told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that a Sumo (JK15-0782) hit a Scooty ( JK04-E4493). The driver of the Scooty and pillion rider died on the spot. They said both were taken to hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
The deceased have been identified as Faizian Mushtaq Ganai of Chandakot Bala Magam and Riyaz Sajad Mala, a resident of Yagipora Magam.
Police seized the Sumo, arrested driver and registered a case under relevant sections of law. [KNT]
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