JEE Exams: Kashmir Students Caught in ‘Twin Paradox’

Durdana Bhat




Kashmiri students who appeared in 2015 Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) held in April 4 this year have started fearing for their possible lost chance owing to technical and academic ‘gaffe’—they refer as “twin paradox”.

In the run-up to June 10, 2015—the last date of confirming/updating records to avail the ranks, thousands of Kashmiri students say the persistent problems they face have already left them out of race.

“We mentioned 2015 as the academic year while uploading the documents,” says Sahil, JEE aspiring student. “But once our results were out, we were declared as Oct 2014 pass-outs, which can now mismatch the details.”

In case of mismatch, the JEE guideline sternly warns students:  “In the absence of details, or details not matching with the authenticated data provided by the board as mentioned by the candidate in his/her application form, the ranking will not be given for JEE (Main) – 2015 without giving any further notice.”

On the face of glaring JEE guideline, Sahil and others are apparently staring at their ‘lost chance’. “Mismatch happened as JK Bose kept students in dark. They conducted exams in 2015, but gave us marks cards of Oct 2014. I mean, they should have at least cleared the mess in first go itself to avoid creating confusion,” Sahil rues.

Notably, JEE is an all India common engineering entrance examination conducting for admission in various engineering colleges and courses all over India. In 2012, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) announced this common examination in place of AIEEE and IIT-JEE.

Apart from the mismatching detail, another glaring worry is the seven digit roll no allotted to Kashmiri students. “Once we visit JEE official website to fill the particulars, it either asks for 6 or 8 digit roll no,” says Ayaan, another JEE aspiring student. “The website doesn’t entertain the seven digit allotted roll no, which has created crisis for all of us.”

Similarly, when Sahil entered his seven digit roll no. 8116220, the website refused to entertain it, displaying: “Error”.

Both Sahil and Ayaan told Kashmir Life, that the officials shrugged off their calls of enquiry. Some calls that got through were being responded as—“Keep trying!” Similarly, the calls from Kashmir Life were either dropped or didn’t respond.

Lately, mobile breakdown in valley has further deepened the crisis for many students failing to contact JEE officials.

The JEE-Mains is the first stage of the Joint Entrance Examination. The two tier examination is held for the Engineering undergraduate admissions to the NITs and Centrally-funded institutes as well as a number of leading private universities and institutes.

The JEE-Mains for 2015 was held on April 4, 2015 and the result was announced on April 27, 2015. Currently, a major controversy is raging on the various inconsistencies in the answer keys published by CBSE as pointed out by several students and coaching institutes—thus putting a serious question mark over CBSE’s ability to host this examination.

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