Few students at Thane centre who were set to appear for first ever Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to law colleges in Maharashtra were denied to give the exam as the photo-identity and documents they had brought were not from the approved list of documents.
All students appearing for Law CET were asked to bring a supporting photo identity proof along with the allotted hall-ticket. A list of documents that are allowed was given to students on their hall-tickets. However some students misunderstood the notice and brought copy of Aadhar Card as supporting photo identity proof. These students were hence not allowed to appear for the examination.
Candidates, however complained that had if the test centre begun the process of verification on time, they would have had time to go back and bring alternate photo identity proof but since the process was delayed there was no time for students to do so. Those who went back and came late by even two or five minutes were also denied to appear for the test.
Devashree Dhumkhaire, resident of Kalyan reached Education Surge centre in Thane was shocked when her copy of Aadhar card was not accepted as identity proof. "The process was to begin at 9.15 am but they started taking us in for verification of documents only after 9.45 am and the paper was scheduled at 10.00 am. Had they begun their process earlier, we could have gotten a chance to call for alternative identity proof from home."
Another candidate Ojas Gauri, who lives in Thane, immediately called for alternate photo identity card from his residence. "With all the running around that needed to be done at last moment, I was late just by two minutes. But I was denied entry. They could have taken a little compassionate view of the situation."
When contacted Director of the Directorate of Technical Education S K Mahajan, he said, "Candidates were informed well in advance with the list of approved documents which can be shown. The last moment running around was because they misunderstood the information."