Universities, colleges not to change exam dates ‘under any circumstances’

Universities, colleges not to change exam dates ‘under any circumstances’
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Universities and colleges in Kashmir devised new academic calendar

IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: Ahead of the upcoming academic session, universities in Kashmir and the colleges affiliated with them have devised an academic calendar wherein the examination dates would not be changed “under any circumstances”, officials said.
Dean Academic Affairs at Kashmir University, Musadiq A Sahaf told Kashmir Reader that the decision was taken after a meeting was convened by Commissioner Secretary Higher Education at KU a few weeks ago.
He said that Vice Chancellors and officials of Kashmir University, Cluster University Srinagar and Islamic University of Science and Technology were present in the meeting.
The inordinate delay in holding examinations of students over the last few years due to the prevailing situation, which has in turn resulted in stretching of under graduate and post-graduate degrees was “discussed threadbare” in the meeting, Sahaf said.
The universities and affiliated colleges, Sahaf said, have decided that “the examination dates will not changed under any circumstances” from the upcoming academic session.
“Usually, the admissions are stretched in the first place followed by unnecessary postponement of papers at mere shutdowns, which results in delay in exams,” he said.
Sahaf said that if under “exceptional cases” the students are not able to reach examination centres, there will be “special exams” for them.
The special exams, he said, would be held “within a week’s time”.
He said that the study material would be given to the students at Kashmir University and affiliated colleges “well in advance”.
The material, Sahaf said, was being made available on the KU website also.
“The concerned teachers have been asked to arrange special classes for the students in case any portion of the syllabus is missed under any circumstance. All this was decided so that the academic calendar is not disturbed,” Sahaf said.
Controller of Examinations at KU, Dr Mohammad Yousuf Bhat said that throughout the upcoming academic session, “we would not be changing the examination dates unless there is such a situation that students cannot reach the examination centres”.
“If the students miss any paper, the examination for the same will be held in the shortest possible time. We will strictly adhere to this academic schedule,” Bhat said.
The academic calendar will ensure a proper examination schedule at the constituent colleges of Cluster University Srinagar, Controller Examinations, Mumtaz Ali said.
“We have 4 months in all for a semester. Devising an academic calendar will help to follow this schedule. There is uncertainty in this part of the world. But we are trying that the students complete their syllabus well in time,” Ali said.
The Cluster University Srinagar has already issued the academic schedule for 3rd and 4th semester students who had taken admissions at the varsity last year.
“All the stakeholders are informed that the University will strictly follow the schedule and no compromise on the specified dates will be entertained,” reads the academic schedule issued by the varsity recently.
An official at the varsity, however, said that given the uncertainty in situation in the valley, “such academic calendars fall flat in the face of a shutdown.