Competitive entrance exams: Students swarm internet kiosks to submit forms
Srinagar, Sep 30:
Engineering aspirant Toiba Ashraf traveled more than 80 kilometers from South
Kashmir’s Kulgam to reach Srinagar’s Tourist Reception Center (TRC) to submit
online form for JEE at government’s internet kiosk.
her mother, Toiba patiently waited for hours at TRC to use the internet. Since it was the last day for the submission
of forms, she was growing restive by the minute as internet was playing hide
“Students are facing lot of difficulties
because they have to rely on internet to submit their exam forms. Due to
unavailability of internet, student community has suffered huge losses. We are
extremely worried about our children,” said Subgat, mother of Toiba.
early in the morning, Tioba figured at serial number 27 in the list of
candidates who had queued up at the internet facility. “If there was internet
facility available in our district, why would we travel such a long distance?”
has been at the receiving end of the ongoing internet blockade in Kashmir.
Though, government has set up internet kiosks at TRC, students have to wait for
hours to submit their forms. Giving the limited number of internet kiosks, most
of the students are unable to submit their forms.
candidates line up at TRC from early morning every day to apply for different
competitive exams including GATE, B.Ed, IGNOU, LIC, NEET, UGC-NET and PG-NET.
Mumin Baseer, JEE
aspirant from Srinagar, said he has been waiting since 8am at the facility but
the staff turned up only at 10am.
“There are more
than 200 candidates who have to submit forms for various examinations. My
serial number is 85. Authorities should have given preferences to JEE as today
is the last date of submission of forms,” he said.
government spokesperson Rohit Kansal had said that internet kiosks will be
opened in every district where people can use internet to submit exam