CUET in Delhi: ‘Students living a never-ending nightmare’

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CUET aspirants at Delhi University Sports Complex
NEW DELHI: Day 2 of CUET's second phase saw agitated parents and students complaining about the exam being put off and glitches.
Shivani Bhattacharya and her husband accompanied their son, who was scheduled to appear for the examination at a centre in Rohini’s Sector 11, only to be taken aback. “My son had been assigned the second slot. When we reached the centre around 12:45 pm, we found a notice announcing that the exam had been postponed. The school officials were at a loss and could not provide any information,” recalled the Dwarka resident.
“It was only after the parents protested that an official appeared and told us that they had received information only at 11 am. This is sheer harassment and really hard on these students who seem to be living a never-ending nightmare,” she said. “There were people who had travelled all the way from Ghaziabad and even Patna (by choice, believing things would be smooth in the Capital), only to find that they had been left high and dry. The cut-off system now seems so good.”
“My daughter got 98% in her boards and now she is wracked by anxiety,” complained a bitter Sameer Bhagat, who had gone to a centre in Rohini’s Sector 22. “It took us three hours to reach the centre, and then after the students waited for an agonising two hours inside, they were informed that the exam has been postponed. The government has created a system which is putting students under so much stress. My daughter came out of the centre trembling. In case a student is unable to secure a proper admission because of all this, can you imagine their mental state? The government should look into this immediately.”
Fifty kilometres from Rohini, at a centre in Noida’s sector 64, Dwarka resident Samridhi Virmani couldn’t believe that her exam had been cancelled for the second consecutive day.
“We had completed all the formalities, and it was only after three hours that we were informed that the exam had been cancelled,” she recalled.
“We are stressed beyond imagination and this is affecting our motivation,” she said. “Despite going to the centre for two days, I have not been able to appear for even one paper. As a batch we have suffered a lot and even had to appear for boards in two phases. We have a saturation point. I am very disappointed and my motivation to study has surely gone down,” she complained.
Students and parents across centres said that CUET which was conceived to provide a “level playing field” has turned into an exercise in harassment.
Around the time that many disappointed and weary students were retracing their steps to return home, their peers at an examination centre in Delhi University were being asked to change their seats in the middle of appearing for the second paper as the computer screens had started showing different names. The rearrangement and reallocation of seats took time and at least half an hour was lost before they could resume answering the questions.
“Server issues cropped up when we were appearing for the second paper,” recalled a student, Dhiraj Yadav. “In the middle of the examination, we had to change seats as the computers began showing different names. So, all the students were made to change their seats according to the new allocations. I ended up appearing for the paper at two different computers. There was a point when we thought that the examination would be cancelled but then the system started working.”
“Though the timer resumed from where we had left, it took about half an hour for the examination to restart as all of us were made to change our seats,” said another aspirant, Suhani Arora.
Parents at the DU centre said that the string of cancellations and change of centres had put them in a perpetual state of worry. “Throughout the day, we kept checking whether the exam had been cancelled or not. The first day had seen so many cancellations that we were checking till the last minute.”
Complaints poured in on social media with glitches being reported from centres in Anand Vihar and Badarpur too.
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