Srinagar: The students of different degree colleges affiliated with Kashmir University (KU) Monday protested against the officials of the varsity over discrepancies in the recently announced results of the first semester of BA first year.
According to the reports, raising slogans against the university authorities, the students of Women’s college in MA road blocked the road outside their college and demanded re-checking of their answer scripts.
However, police reached on the spot and later forcefully took control of the situation. The traffic was suspended for a few hours before police managed to clear the road. Police also fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting students.
Pertinently in north Kashmir’s Sopore town, scores of students from the Sopore Degree College hit the roads demanding re-checking of papers.
According to reports, Ist year students of Degree College Sopore staged a protest demonstration against KU’s ‘biased marking’ in semester exam of UG first semester batch 2016 which as per protesting students is not fair with them.
Raising slogans against the university authorities, the students blocked the road outside the college and were demanded re-checking of their answer scripts. However, police reached on spot and later took control of the situation.
The students said that around 50 % of the students have been declared as failed in one or the other subjects which seems fishy and a deliberate attempt by the University officials.
Protesting students were demanding the early intervention of College and Kashmir University (KU) authorities so as to get the re-evaluation of their answer scripts at an earliest.
Meanwhile, principal of the college Prof Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Dar received in writing complaint from the protesting students and he assured them to take their grievance to Kashmir University.
Meanwhile, in Handwara area of north Kashmir, students of Handwara Degree College also held a protest demonstration, demanding to recheck the papers.
The students from Handwara said that around 80% of the students have been declared fail in one or the other subjects.
Meanwhile, later in the afternoon, the education minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said the government will take action against the officials involved in “creating this mess.”
He appealed to the students to call off their protests and return to their homes peacefully. He said that he will convene a meeting with the officials regarding the issue.
Meanwhile, the university of Kashmir officials have blamed the OMR sheets for the mass failure of students in the first semester.
In a statement issued to the press, the university officials said that the result of some candidates was declared as “LO”/“NA” or even “Re-appear” due to the following reasons:
“Such candidates have not darkened the respective circles on the OMR sheets and have rather put a dot or have encircled the respective answer or have ticked the respective answer which couldn’t be read by the OMR machine and, therefore the marks of the objective paper could not be determined and were not added with his/her theory marks. Such OMR sheets are being identified and shall be assessed again by the OMR machine after correcting the mistakes committed by the students”.
It said that other category of students whose result has been shown re-appear or LO have not darkened up the respective circles on the OMR sheet in the space where Roll No has to be written. “They have instead written their Roll Nos in figures rather than darkening of circles, which could not be read by OMR machine”.
“Another category of students have not mentioned the series of Question Papers on the OMR sheet, therefore, respective answer key could not be applied to assess the marks obtained by the students”.
Furthermore, the result of the some of the candidates has been declared as LO/re-appear whose practical awards were not submitted till date.
The university officials said that the number of such candidates is more than seven thousand.
“In order to resolve all these issues, it will take at least 15 days to correct and assess their OMR sheets and declare their results. The mistakes committed by the students on the OMR sheets can be seen on the sample copies of OMRs displayed on the University website www.kashmiruniversity.net (in Notifications section),” an official spokesman of the University said.
He also informed that evaluation of answer scripts is exclusively done at the college level, and lapse, if any found on part of the invigilating or supervisory staff, shall be recommended for appropriate action under rules.