The fuss over UGC NET results

CBSE would declare the UGC NET result 2017 sometime in May/June but there’re numbers of news sites claiming the other way around. The answer keys would be out first, expectedly by this month only and then it’s a long way to the results declaration. That being said, there’s no end to the candidates’ ordeal. Because..

Ever since the media houses came to realise that India has a large number of unemployed youths and providing information to them can be a good opportunity to scale up their profit, they entered into the field with everything they got. However, in this run of providing valuable information to the users, it seems they have crossed the line between information and misleading information. One such topic is : UGC NET.

UGC NET – A national-level examination meant for determining the eligibility of candidates for Assistant Professor and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education currently. The National Eligibility Test (NET) was held under the banner of University Grants Commission till June 2014, and after that, the responsibility was handed to the CBSE. CBSE organised the NET exam for the fifth time in January this year.

Being the national-level exam, lakhs take the exam every time and this year was no different. Going by the schedule, CBSE conducted the exam on January 22, and ever since there has been no official notice on the topic regarding further proceedings. The candidates have been looking towards the CBSE NET website every day with hopes of getting at least a single piece of information, but all to no peace of mind. And in the midst of all this, many of our country’s top, esteemed media websites, India.com, India Today, and IndianExpress.com being among them, have clearly been publishing reports without fact-checking and any solid reporting, and with misleading headlines. Now, these sites do cover each and every news with authenticity, so why not do so for education news?

India.com even claimed in one of it’s article ‘CBSE UGC NET Jan 2017 Result Declaration Update Published at cbse.nic.in‘. Now I’m sure you can find headlines like that leading all the way back to February/March for the January exam even though the results are usually declared way late. But there was no such official update and the question is why? And also, answer keys are uploaded first, taking exams’ trends into consideration here.

While the title of the article was misleading, the first line of the article was nonetheless amusing. It reads “Central Board of Secondary Education is going to announce the result of CBSE UGC NET January 2017 Exam at its official portal soon. However, there is no formal communication made by CBSE regarding the result declaration date.” The questions that popped up in my mind after reading the lines were: If there is no formal communication, how can you highlight the fact that an update is published at an official website? If CBSE has not made any formal communication, what are the sources of this report? If that’s a blogging format ( like many good blogs), why cite the article a news with misleading headlines?

Similarly, one such update was provided by IndiaToday some ten days ago which said CBSE is likely to release the results soon. The readers were quick to respond to the article. One of the comment said, “Abhi tak to answer key to nhi aayee. Us se pehle kya result aayega, aur media ke pass to batane ko answer key ki bhi fix date nhi” (The answer keys have not been released yet, will the results be released before it. And the Media doesn’t even have the fixed date for the release of answer key). Another reader sarcastically commented: ‘OK’.

Coming back to the actual report, CBSE is yet to make any announcement regarding the release of answer keys, let alone the results declaration. As per the rules, the answer keys will be made available and the candidates will be given at least one-week window to make objections against it. It will be only after that the results will be prepared and announced. Going by the previous year trends, it should have been the perfect time for the declaration of CBSE NET results, however, it seems the candidates will have to wait for some more time.

Now, my point here is that I have no problems with media/news sites, they’re good at what they do (mostly). After all, we too have been a part of that group for over two years now but our way is connecting with readers and tell them what we think (under opinion/views column) and whatever the truth is (mentioned). It’s your choice to take it as you wish but we provide news and information as it is.

What do these big media sites have to gain by misleading candidates? I mean they’re conglomerates! They don’t have to lure and bring the readers to the page to make few bucks.

#Views are Author’s personal. No harm intended to mentioned sites, but take note that this is not cool.

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2 Comments

  • Very well written. Accurate observation. Thank god there is someone who is still genuine and authentic in this goddamned misleading mess.

  • #BEST Article ABOUT MISLEADING NEWS WEBSITE, i ever read From Examswatch.
    VERY GOOD ARTICLE SIR APPRECIATED.

    I am also a Candidate of cbse Net 22 jan 2017 and Seeking 4 the ri8 news.
    Thank you.

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