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In Jammu and Kashmir, admit card with cow photo is political fodder

The incident came to light after opposition NC spokesman uploaded a copy of the admit card on Twitter.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
Updated: May 3, 2015 11:58:14 am
Jammu and Kashmir, J&K Admit card, JK entrance exam, J&K entrance exam admit card, J&K Cow admit card The incident came to light after opposition National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu uploaded a copy of the admit card on Twitter. (Source: @Junaid_Mattu/Twitter)

An online prank is at the centre of Kashmir’s latest political row. It all started when the J&K’s Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) issued an admit card which had the image of a cow instead of a person’s face. Soon afterwards, the National Conference was seeking an “explanation” from the Peoples Democratic Party.

According to the controller examination, BOPEE, Farooq Ahmad Mir, the Board can’t do much to prevent such pranks. “The entire process — from filling up an application form to generation of admit cards — is computer generated. There is an image recognition software, which does not differentiate between a human’s face and an animal’s picture. Someone has played a prank,” Mir explained. “We will act against the prankster after tracking down his IP address.”

But that hasn’t done much to blunt the opposition attack. NC spokesman Junaid Azeem Mattu, who was the first to upload the picture of the admit card on Twitter, said on the website, “The board issued this roll number slip to a cow after due verification. I have both the provisional confirmation page for the applicant, Ms Kachir Gaw (brown cow), as well as details of the payment she made to BOPEE. Education Minister Mr Naeem Akhtar has some explaining to do.”

Mattu claims BOPEE issued an admit card in the name of a cow. As per the photo uploaded by him, the applicant’s name is Kachir Gaw (brown cow), daughter of Gur Dand (Bull). The admit card was for the entrance examination for diploma in polytechnic.

Following Mattu’s tweet, former chief minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah said, “Brilliant. I wish Kachir Gaaw had turned up for the examination.”

Akhtar said, “This is called computer illiteracy. They should know what is meant by ‘computer generated’. When they couldn’t find any issue of substance, they started raising these trivial issues”.

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