Say denied printed material despite huge fee
Srinagar: Students pursuing B.Ed though distance mode at the University of Kashmir are facing tough time as the university has not provided them copies of study material.
Instead, despite a course fee of Rs 30000, the students have been told to download the study material from university website.
The students admitted to the course in July 2017 alleged the varsity authorities consistently declined to provide hard copies of study material to them.
“When asked why you don’t provide us material our teacher said that Vice Chancellor has ordered us not to provide hard copy to the students,” a group of students alleged, adding that they have been forced to browse the material online.
“We have paid a huge amount of fee and they should provide us the hard copies of the reading material. Reading online content is very difficult. We cannot read from the screen for long time as it puts a lot of stress on eyes,” Mehvish Mehraj, one of the students said.
“Many students are from far flung areas, don’t have even electricity, not to speak of the internet facility and why should we download the material if we have paid for the printed material,” she said.
Another student, Sumarah, said that asking students to read from their mobile phones was an injustice.
“Reading on our phones or laptops continuously is not feasible for us as it affects our eyes. We cannot mark important information on our mobile phones. We appeal the university authorities to provide us the study material at the earliest.”
Dean, School of Open Learning, Mushtaq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they have already appealed the university administration to provide study material to the students as students don’t want to learn through online material.
He said the administration has agreed but doesn’t have printers available at the time.
“Once they have printers available we will provide them study material,” Ahmad said.