The Central Board of Secondary Education’s first attempt at conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) seems to be heading towards disaster. Its online application process is failing on many counts. Panicked applicants on Tuesday, who have had no word from the Board so far, have complained of myriad issues that have cropped up while trying to submit their applications, the last date for which is November 15.
“I have been trying to submit my application for a week now. Every time I try to log onto the website and put in my password, it says that eight to 13 characters are needed. However, even when I type in a full 13-character it is not accepted,” said Shradda Chettri. She had another problem when she tried to visit the website on Tuesday. “The website had shut down completely.”
Other problems ranged from the text of the application getting automatically wiped out to the website shutting down suddenly. “When I tried to enter my M.A. marks in the space provided, it started automatically getting deleted,” said another aspirant Tashi Choden, who added that her friend was able to complete the whole form but could not upload her photograph as required.
All these years, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had been conducting these exams which qualify a candidate to become an assistant professor or for the Junior Research Fellowship. Although this exam still falls under the UGC, the responsibility to conduct the exam was handed over to the CBSE this year.
“This is the third year that I will be attempting this exam. I have never encountered such a problem while applying in the past when the UGC was conducting it,” added Shradda.
“They have introduced a net payment gateway this time. But since many people could not complete the payment process even after completing the form, many of our friends are paying the money physically through a bank draft,” said Rachna Sharma, another aspirant.
Some aspirants are so fed up that they have decided to just wait till things are sorted out. “I tried filling it the whole of last week. This week I plan to give it a rest and try again next week,” said Bhadrajeet Naorem.
The Hindu tried to contact the CBSE several times but could not do so despite repeated phone calls and messages.
The exam is to be conducted in 79 subjects at 89 selected NET Coordinating Institutions spread across the country. While there is currently no age limit for the assistant professor or lectureship, a person beyond 28 years cannot apply for the fellowship. The candidates who qualify for the fellowship will be able to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. Universities, institutions, the Indian Institute of Technologies and other national organisations usually select the JRF awardees for whole time research work.
Source: The Hindu