Four Months On, JKSET Result Yet To Be Declared

by Maleeha Sofi

SRINAGAR: The candidates who appeared in the Jammu and Kashmir State Eligibility Test (JKSET) are waiting for the results for around four months.

The wait is taking a toll on the mental health of the candidates with the authorities paying no heed.

The JKSET qualification makes candidates eligible to apply for the post of assistant professor in the colleges and universities in the union territory along with facilitating admission in research. The exam, conducted either by the University of Kashmir or the University of Jammu, was held this year in July with the latter being accorded the responsibility.

However, four months on the result is still not in sight.

A JKSET candidate said, “The delay in the results shows the non-seriousness of the administration towards education. Forms and fees are submitted within weeks, but we have to wait for months when it comes to results.”

Scores of students appear in the coveted exam, the results of which are usually declared within one month after the examination. Another candidate said, “It is exhausting to visit the website of the University of Jammu again and again. It happens with every exam in Jammu and Kashmir, be it JKSSB, JKSET, or any banking exam. We have programmed ourselves to be fine with it.”

Earlier, the delay in the conduct of exams had troubled the aspirants while now the delay in the announcement of results is taking a toll on their mental health. The points secured in the JKSET help students to avail of scholarships.

“It is mentally traumatic. Researchers work for each point to build their curriculum vitae, but this delay appears to be a mockery in the name of the exam. All these issues are frustrating and drain our energy,” another student said.

Sadaf, who works in a multi-national company in Delhi and appeared in JKSET says that the exams were an opportunity for her to become eligible for a good job in the place of her birth.

She said that despite the examination being multiple choice question based, the time taken for declaring results is unacceptable.

“At times, I feel it is a trend in Kashmir now that exams for government jobs are confined to just issuance of notifications because for results and final appointment it takes ages,” Sadaf said.

She now considers recruitment exams in Jammu and Kashmir as a waste of time and money.

Member Secretary of JKSET, P K Srivastav said, “The University of Jammu is not causing the delay in results. There are some changes in the policy of UGC (University Grants Commission) and there will be a meeting of the Moderation Committee before the declaration of results.”

However, he said that the results will be announced as soon as the UGC conducts the meeting. “It is expected to happen soon.”

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