About 100 MBBS graduates, who had qualified National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG exams, blamed a 'technical snag' in Board of Professional Entrance examination (BOPEE) website which they said prevented them from paying the fee online while submitting their preference forms.
After qualifying NEET exam for admission in MS, MD and other PG diploma and MDS courses, the successful candidates had to submit their preference forms via the BOPEE website. However, they said due to a technical snag in the website they were not able to submit their fee online.
"We submitted the preference form successfully and then we had to make fee payment of Rs 2000, but due to some technical snag in BOPEE website, about 100 candidates could not make this payment," said a group of affected candidates, adding that they were declared "disqualified" by BOPEE for not making the fee payment. "It was not our fault. There was some technical snag in BOPEE website due to which we couldn't make our fee payment."
As per BOPEE notification, the date for filling of preference forms, initially from March 22 to 28, was later extended to March 31. However, the candidates said they could not make their payment up to March 31 due to some technical snag in BOPEE website. The candidates said they couldn't visit the BOPEE office the next day (April 2) following the worsened situation in the wake of civilian and militant killings in south Kashmir. "We couldn't visit BOPEE office due to shutdown call and restrictions in most parts of valley. We tried to put forth our grievance through helpline of BOPEE but it didn't help either," said a candidate.
Chairman BOPEE, Muhammad Ashraf Bukhari said submission of preference form is a time-bound schedule which they can't fiddle with. "Candidates were given enough time for alteration and change of preferences. We have issued the list and we can't temper with the system. Candidates were given opportunities as we had extended the date for submission of preference forms," said Bukhari.
When asked why the candidates were disqualified despite qualifying NEET exams, Bukhari said, "They are not disqualified but if they have not been able to pay fee online, they can apply against available seats in the second round."