NAMAKKAL: Tense moments were witnessed at the K.S.R. College in Tiruchengode in Namakkal district on Sunday as nearly 1,500 applicants for the direct recruitment for ‘computer instructor-grade one (PG grade)’ vacancies by the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) in Tamil Nadu could not take the online test at their designated centre due to a “sever technical problem”.
The TRB for the first time held direct recruitment test online to fill these vacancies at 119 exam centres across the State on Sunday. At the K.S.R. College centre, as many as 2,270 applicants from various districts had come to take the three-hour online test from 10 am as per the examination schedule.
However, due to a technical hitch in the ‘server’, only 770 candidates could take the test at this centre, leaving the remaining 1,500 aspirants in uncertainty. With no proper reply from the authorities for over an hour, the agitated applicants came out and sat on a ‘dharna’, blocking vehicular traffic on the Tiruchengode-Erode highway.
On information, the local police and district principal education officer Ms Usha Devi rushed to the spot, pacified the applicants and persuaded them to disperse, assuring they could take the test in the afternoon from 2 pm to 5 pm. But when they went back to the examination centre, the examinees could not take online test during that slot too as technical problem continued.