Cluster University stretching semesters as examinations repeatedly postponed

Cluster University stretching semesters as examinations repeatedly postponed
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Can’t they even set a date sheet, ask students

IRSHAD KHAN
SRINAGAR: Within a year of starting its maiden undergraduate, postgraduate and integrated courses, the semester system at the Cluster University (CU) of Kashmir seems to be falling apart with the undergraduate courses set to be delayed by months together.
With constituent colleges of SP College, Amar Singh College, Degree College Bemina, Government College for Women, M A Road and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (formerly College of Education) M A Road, CU started its maiden UG and PG courses from the academic session 2017-18.
However, the very first batch of UG students who enrolled themselves at CU last year are up in arms against the varsity authorities for “unnecessarily dragging” their examinations and, by extension, their courses as well.
They fear that the frequent postponement of exams, which consequently drags a semester beyond the stipulated six months, would delay their courses in coming years.
“Our programme is supposed to be completed in 5 years, but the way the system is currently working (at CU), it seems that it would take us 10 years for the same programme. We are mentally frustrated,” a student of the integrated MCA (IMCA) programme, studying at the university’s Women’s College, told Kashmir Reader.
The student, currently taking second semester exams, complained about the frequent postponement of the papers.
“We are studying for a paper and the news about its postponement comes in the evening. And we have to leave the preparation for the paper midway. It is turning out to be tricky for us. We want the university to act on this issue,” added the student. In an examination which was supposed to end on June 2, an undergraduate student of Journalism and Mass Communication said that they had appeared in “just three papers” of their second semester so far.
“And we do not know how much more time it is going to further take us,” she rued.
While a semester is supposed to be completed in six months, “we are already seven months into our second semester,” said the student.
The students also raised questions about the date sheet set by the varsity.
“Why did they schedule a paper on June 14 when they knew that a test was going to be held at Bemina College? That paper was postponed later,” an undergraduate student said.
“And everyone knows that the whole Kashmir shuts on May 21, but they still kept a paper on that day, which was again postponed. Are not they competent enough to even set a date sheet? What kind of a system is this?” a student asked.
“We are under mental depression. We want that a semester be narrowed down to four months so that the lost time due to strikes is compensated. We don’t want to drag out our graduation,” an undergraduate student said.
Speaking on the matter, Controller Examinations, Cluster University, Kashmir, Mumtaz Ali said that they had to “inadvertently” postpone the papers due to the prevailing situation.
Instead of the current semester system in place, Ali wanted a year-end examination at the varsity.
To compensate for the lost time, the university, Ali said, would start classes immediately after the ongoing examinations.
“We would not wait for the results. We notify for the classes soon,” he added.

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