SRINAGAR: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday expressed serious concern over “exorbitant hike” in examination fee by Kashmir University.
In a statement issued here, IJT lamented the “worsening educational scenario” in the state, especially in Kashmir valley.
“On one hand the students seeking admissions in MBBS and BDS are pushed into confusion due to state government’s lackadaisical approach to tackle NEET row, and on the other hand, Kashmir University is leaving no stone unturned to create hurdles for undergraduate or postgraduate students,” it said.
While the authorities in the state boast about providing free education, in reality the education in the state is being turned into an elite business that only the children of rich can afford, it said.
The organisation said the University has already increased the admission fee this year, and now the “300 per cent hike in examination fee” has added to the woes of students and their parents.
“Time and again, the higher authorities in the state exhibit that they are in the process of making education a ‘no go zone’ for the students belonging to economically weaker sections of the society,” it said.
“Instead, commercialisation of education is encouraged at every level. The grim educational scenario of Kashmir Valley cannot be eclipsed by ‘selfie-antics’ of educational minister.”
It asked the authorities concerned to the issues of students seriously and try to solve them at the earliest.
“This is our religious obligation as well as our national responsibility to make education as the most easy and accessible affair for all in the state.”