The NTA has repeatedly failed at conducting national as well as state level examinations for UG, PG and research students. Their failures include delay in releasing exam schedules, admit cards and even in conducting examinations. With regard to the recent UGC-NET exam conducted by NTA, AISA and many other organisations listed the following concerns and demands for improving the examination process through a protest on 11 July held in front of the UGC headquarters in Delhi:
1. The NTA has been very irresponsible in releasing exam schedules on time and as a consequence the students have had to go through severe anxiety and unexpected financial burden. The recent NET exam is a very prompt example of the same. The admit cards and hall tickets for all NET exams were released just 2-4 days prior to the exam. Several students have missed their examination due to this abrupt release of notifications. Students have had to avail last minute travel arrangements to the exam centers due to NTA's inefficiency. It is our demand that the NTA must take responsibility for the same and re-conduct all those exams in all subjects where students encountered technical glitches. Not only the students who were not able to give their exam due to gross system failure at their respective centres but all students must be allowed to give their exams once again at a later date with prior information.
2. Students appearing for CUET exams scheduled from 15th July onwards were not been provided their admit cards till 11th July. Examinations scheduled on such short notice put undue pressure on students who have to complete their final revisions. We request that the CUET exam should be postponed and should be held at least 10 days after the release of admit cards. The notification for CUET-PG examination must also be released at the earliest giving sufficient time for students to prepare for the exam as well as plan their travel to the examination centres.
3. The UGC-NET exam that is taking place currently is the merged exam for two cycles (December '21 and June '22) and hence the number of seats for the same must be increased accordingly. The NET exam is supposed to provide maximum opportunities for higher education and the seat-cuts that are taking place without informing the students is in effect turning UGC-NET into an exam of exclusion.
AISA Delhi Secretary Neha and AISA National VP Ranvijay said that exams will be conducted again only for those centres where glitches happened in August. This is an extremely faulty process as a level playing field won't be ensures. The protesters also demanded that the NTA release the admit cards for the August phase prior to at least 10 days.
The repeated instances of NTA's ineptitude has resulted in students losing their trust in NTA. Therefore, the tender to conduct these exams be taken back from the NTA and that the Ministry of Education should once again take up this responsibility to safeguard the interests of students.