SRINAGAR: Under graduate students of various colleges in Srinagar staged protests on Monday against what they termed careless attitude of Kashmir University administration towards timely conduct of examinations.
The students said though the University brochures say the undergraduate course take three years, but the delay in examinations has prolonged the process.
“We should have been preparing for the 5th semester examination but the delay from Kashmir University is going to cost us another year,” one of the protesters, currently studying in 4th semester, said.
A large number of the students assembled in the Press Enclave in Lal Chowk and raised slogans against Kashmir University and Education Minister Altaf Bukhari.
“There is not much time left in this year and we still have to appear in three examinations. Looking at their approach towards our future we believe our graduation will complete in November next year,” Aasim Shah, a student said.
The students demanded that the University should either skip one of their remaining semesters or combine two semesters in order to compensate their precious time. “All of us have to appear in post-graduate entrance examinations in and outside state, they should think about our future and do needful in this case” Tahir Muttoo, a student from Amarsingh college said.
The protesters also threatened that if their demands were not met by the university then they would have no other option but to launch Valley wide agitation.
“We have a student union and if our demands are not met before September 10 then everyone of us will hit the streets, everyone knows what could be its repercussions,” one of the protesters said.
Despite repeated attempts, Controller (Examinations), A S Bhat, could not be contacted. His personal assistant told Kashmir Reader that Bhat had chaired an emergency meeting regarding the issue.