Today is the last day to pay the fee; test scheduled for June 24

Postgraduates aspiring to appear for the National Eligibility Test (NET) for junior research fellowship and lectureship conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are finding it difficult to submit their applications online at http://www.ugcnetonline.in/

The deadline for submitting the applications is May 4. The test is scheduled for June 24, 2012.

Aspirants here have been thronging Internet cafés to apply, but are returning disappointed.

Prasad, who runs an Internet café in Hassan, said he had been trying to fill out applications of 30 aspirants for the last couple of days, but in vain. “The UGC server is not supporting. I have been trying (to fill out applications) even during late night, but with no luck,” he said.

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Aspirants have to first register at http://www.ugcnetonline.in/ and get a password.

“Getting the password itself has become a Herculean task… even if we managed that, sometimes we can't download the filled out application, admission card and attendance slip, and have to start the process of filling out the application all afresh,” Mr. Prasad said.

Dileep Kumar, a postgraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, has been trying in vain to apply online for NET for the last one week.

“Submitting applications online is easy if the website is active all the time ... I even tried to submit the application during late night assuming that there will be less traffic. But it was of no use,” he said.

The UGC had announced April 30 as the last day for submitting the applications. However, it extended the deadline to May 4 in view of the difficulties being faced by some aspirants. Those who deposit the fee in a bank account specified by the UGC by May 2 can submit the applications online up to May 4 midnight. The candidates have to submit the hard copies of the applications to the chosen centre by May 10.

Aspirants here are hoping that the UGC would fix the problems at the earliest and extend the deadline further.

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