SRINAGAR: To ensure more number of working days and prevent unnecessary stretching of the courses, the University of Kashmir is mulling to conduct a joint year-end examination of two semesters for undergraduate students at the valley colleges, officials said.
The proposal comes amid the varsity’s failure to hold on time examinations under the semester system, which has resulted into the prolonging of the students’ undergraduate courses.
The current semester system at the colleges was introduced from the academic session 2015-16.
The failure of the semester system under the prevailing situation in the valley can be gauged from the fact that students who had enrolled at the colleges in the year 2015 are yet to complete their undergraduate courses.
Against the stipulated time of three years for the completion of the courses, the under graduation has already consumed four years of the students’ career.
Dean Academic Affairs KU, Musaddiq A Sahaf told Kashmir Reader that they “might hold a common year-end examination of two semesters”.
“We are in touch with the college principals. It is still under discussion among various stakeholders. Only after the proposal gets an approval (from the Higher Education Department), we can go ahead,” Sahaf added.
“In order to save the career and session of the students due to turmoil,” Controller Examinations KU, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat also said that “a consensus is building up to hold the (year-end) exams in November-December”.
In support of the year-end examination, Bhat said that “15th October onwards, the situation remains normal”. “The semesters and content will remain the same. There will be no relaxation,” he however added.
The final call on the proposal was yet to be taken by the higher ups as per Bhat.
In case the proposal gets an approval, Bhat said that it would be implemented with immediate effect. “If we have a particular semester due this time of the year, we will hold it jointly with the next semester at year-end given the proposal gets a nod from the higher ups, he added.
Bhat said that a meeting of college principals was being held “to know their side as well”.
“We will see what opinion builds up”.
Opposing semester system at the undergraduate level, a top university official suggested to consider the ground situation in Kashmir.
“Semester system has had a problem here. We should see the reality where we are living. Although it is good to devise an academic calendar, but if the situation does not remain normal, the calendar would not be implemented,” argued the official.
“We must have annual system back so that effective teaching days are back,” the official added.
Having assumed charge recently, Secretary Higher Education Department, Mohammad Javed Khan said, “I will be able to comment only after talking to the university officials”.
To mention, in order to compensate the lost time of the students, the KU has already decided to jointly hold the yet-to-be-held 5th and 6th semester of the 2015 batch