The CLAT Committee has sent this mail to all the candidate today at 20:00 hours (and yeah, that seems to be their favourite time of the day to do things):
Dear candidates, The CLAT Secretariat has found some technical discrepancies in affixing of the barcode and candidate sticker. Hence, the CLAT 2014 results for UG and PG declared on 31 May 2014 stands withheld till further intimation and guidelines on the admission process. Regards Team-CLAT 2014.
Right. It isn’t going as smoothly as it should be. While it is one thing to mess up the question paper or the answers, it is quite something else to screw up the results. I don’t feel pity for those who got scores lower than they actually should as much as I feel pity for those who got scores higher than they deserve. It is still forgivable to report a low score and then fix it to make it higher after a few days. The most that could happen is a temporary period of depression. But, to raise one’s hope by throwing a high score and then stripping it off and awarding a low score is inherently inhumane. GNLU seems to be doing everything that isn’t supposed to be done.
The CLAT Committee has gone into a limbo to try and figure out what went wrong. One obvious reason for all the chaos is that GNLU overestimated its ability of handling technology. They are, to put it in better words, being what Himesh Reshammiya was in Xpose – outdoing things with a false confidence of savviness. The other reason was, of course, bad handling of bar codes and OMR sheets. They forgot that computers don’t have a spell check for a bar code mismatch. The invigilators were uninformed about what it might mean to replace the bar code stickers. For them, their purpose was only to cover the white space with black parallel lines so that the kids don’t write their initials or draw a heart with an arrow, the way they do at the walls of Humayun’s tomb.
Whatever be the reason, we just hope that GNLU ends their NaMo NaMo PM Go! celebrations and fixes up all the mess that they have created. If they are reading this, here’s some inspiration from our side. And this time, may the luck be on your side!