NET qualified candidates accuse CUK of harming their academic career


The NET qualified candidates accused the central university of Kashmir (CUK) authorities of harming their academic career by an “ambiguous” notification the latter had issued for admission to the Ph D programme.
The aspiring candidates for Ph D said the notification did not clearly mention whether NET qualified candidates were exempted from screening test or not. “The ambiguity cost us dearly as we were denied the admission to Ph D programme at the varsity.”
“Earlier, the NET qualified candidates were given admission in any university without appearing in the screening test. While the candidates without NET had to face the screening test,” a group of aggrieved candidates said. They however added that the University Grants Commission (UGC) this year issued a guideline saying that NET qualified candidates were not exempted from screening test.
“But the admission notification for Ph D programme under Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) was issued prior to it (the UGC guideline),” the candidates said, adding that the central university didn’t make it clear whether the newly issued guidelines will be applicable to this notification or not.
The NET qualified aspiring candidates said they didn’t appear in CUCET screening test because they followed the procedure which was in vogue prior to the UGC’s notice issued for 2018 admission in Ph D.
“The CUK denied admission to us saying that we didn’t appear in CUCET screening test. But they didn’t make it clear earlier that whether it will exempt NET qualified candidates from screening or not,” they said.
The candidates however said the Central University Jammu and the Kashmir University exempted NET qualified candidates from screening test and were enrolled for Ph D programme. “But only CUK did not exempt us,” the candidates said, adding that CUK followed new rules but didn’t issue any notification for it.
Vice chancellor CUK, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir when contacted said the varsity doesn’t issue separate admission notification for CUCET exams. “The process is coordinated by a single university.”
“We provide admissions as per rules. Still the candidates should come to me and we will listen to their grievances as well,” he said.

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