KU reschedules 3rd semester exams again, three months after they were first postponed

KU reschedules 3rd semester exams again, three months after they were first postponed
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Kashmir University (KU) has failed to hold its 3rd semester examinations for undergraduate students, postponed three months ago. Re-scheduled for July 25, and cancelled once again, the postponed papers now seem to have been pushed onto the backburner.
The Tral, Sopore, Ganderbal and Pulwama degree colleges had originally been scheduled to hold their 3rd semester examinations on April 25. However clashes broke out the preceding day after the killing of four militants in an encounter between militants and forces in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The varsity consequently postponed the scheduled papers.
The students are now a month into the 4th semester of their undergraduate studies and are feeling anxious due to the uncertainty looming over their postponed papers. They told Kashmir Reader that the failure of KU to hold their postponed papers for the last three months has turned them apprehensive over the fate of their degrees.
“We fear our degree might stretch into more than the stipulated three years because they have not been able to hold our single paper,” a 3rd semester student from Degree College Tral said.
With the results of the 3rd semester examination “hanging overhead”, the students expressed apprehensions that they would end up getting a “backlog” in their results.
“As we have not appeared in one of our papers, our results would get stretched,” an aggrieved student said.
The students urged the KU authorities to hold their postponed papers without further delay and declare the results in the shortest time possible.
An official from Degree College Tral held the KU authorities to blame.
“We communicated to them several times to tell us if they could allow us to hold the postponed papers at the college level itself, but they neither replied in affirmative nor negative,” alleged the official.
At Degree College Tral alone, the official said that the aggrieved students were “hundreds in number”.
“It has been three months already, but the examination of the postponed papers has still not been held,” rued the official. Controller Examinations, KU, Dr M Y Bhat said that there “was not a single vacant day” to hold the examination of the postponed papers.
With the varsity done with the examinations of the 5th and 6th semesters, Bhat said they will notify the date sheet of the postponed 3rd papers of the 3rd semester “tomorrow or the day after”.
Bhat said the varsity would try to expedite the evaluation of the postponed papers and claimed the affected students were “not huge in number”.
“We will start evaluating their papers the very next day,” he hoped.
The Controller Examinations informed that “eight-nine papers” of the 3rd semester students had been postponed.