One year course turned into two, but no exams held so far
Srinagar: Students pursuing Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.) at the University of Kashmir are agitated that their year-long course has been converted into a two-year course. Moreover, no examination has been held so far, even though they are in second academic session now.
The students said that they enrolled in 2015 for the B.Ed program scheduled to complete in one year.
However, the degree duration was extended to two years following a Supreme Court ruling.
After the university extended degree to two years, 85 students protested against the decision and filed a writ petition in the High Court.
In the petition, the students sought an option to choose a one-year course like students of the Central University of Kashmir and Government College of Education, Srinagar.
The High Court issued an order on August 22 asking the students to submit a representation to the university along with a copy of the court order.
“The authorities of the University of Kashmir shall consider and decide such representation in accordance with the applicable rules by taking into account all aspects of the matter,” the High Court order by Justice M K Hanjura reads. “Orders in the representation shall be passed within a period of two weeks after the date of the receipt of representation along with the certified copy of this order.”
The students said that they submitted a representation along with the court order with the assistant registrar of University, just a day after the court order.
“No action has been taken in this matter,” said a student, “Moreover, the legal cell of the university has filed a counter affidavit in Division Bench of the High Court.”
In the representation, the students have stated that they took admission in the course “taking into account a number of factors like time period available… for obtaining” the course with “recourses available.”
“It will be unjust to change the duration of the study after the start of the courses as students will have to bear double expenditure,” the representation read.
Adding to their woes, the students said that in these two years, the university has not taken their exams.
“In 2016 we lost one year as the university could not hold examination due to the uprising in Kashmir. Now this year we are still lingering with it,” said another student.
A University spokesperson told Kashmir Reader that there was no court order on the matter, and added, “we are committed to holding their exams and the degree will remain of two years.”