Guwahati: Teaching aspirants who were eyeing for National Testing Agency’s National Eligibility Test were denied to sit for the examination over server issues in Guwahati’s Downtown University center.

The issue was first pointed out by twenty-something aspirants from Sikkim who had travelled all the way to Assam but were denied the entrance examination over ‘server issues’.

“Not just from Sikkim but from all 8 States had gathered for the entrance examination. We have travelled a long way be it in buses, trains or flights, having prepared for over 2 years to give this entrance examination. Some had reached a day prior while some of us had reached Guwahati by 13 noon, with reporting time sorted to be 2 pm yesterday. However, we learned the server was down at the time of examination. They said it with such ease that there is no server, not acknowledging our struggle”, said an aspirant from Sikkim.

A protest broke out from teachers in Assam that visiting teachers joined in on too, demanding assurance about conducting NTA-NET exams in regional centres.

“They agreed to the demands but it was only verbal and there was nothing assured in writing. It appeared they merely wanted to disperse the crowd outside of the gate, with every certainty of them sweeping the issue away once we would leave”, another teacher eyeing Nepali Professor’s post, said.

The centre was sorted by the UGC, despite the aspirants eyeing for a regional in Sikkim or closer in Siliguri, West Bengal. However, UGC sorted Guwahati as the examination venue. NTA-NET has not been conducted in the past 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 100 to 150 teachers present at the centre, were urged to approach the concerned education department over the issue. A verbal assurance was given by the exam centre officials to re-conduct the exam next Sunday, on November 28.

The NTA and UGC, on completion of the NTA-NET examination, issued a notice later during the day informing that the exam was successfully conducted in 177 cities across 338 centres. A total of 52,335 candidates appeared for the exam.

Further, the notice stated that “In one centre in Assam, the examination has been rescheduled for November 28 due to technical reasons.”

Also read: UGC-NET Answer Key released: Challenge scripts by November 7

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