Srinagar: Scores of students from south Kashmir districts enrolled at private colleges are staring at a loss of their academic year after missing out on submitting online application forms of their Bachelors of Education (B Ed) examination because of frequent and long internet suspensions.
The last date for online form submission for 3rd and 4th semester B.Ed examination- scheduled in May next year- was fixed as December 12 by the University of Kashmir.
However, many students from southern districts told Kashmir Reader that they could not submit the forms by the due date as internet was snapped by authorities because of gunfights and protests day in and day out.
Ishfaq Ahmad, a student from Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district said that the internet was suspended in the area for the almost two weeks due to which he could not apply online.
Having deposited over Rs 8000 already as registration fee in their second year, Ishfaq said that they will have to cough up an extra amount in late fee if the last date for online submission of forms is not extended.
More importantly, the students are likely to lose an academic year of their career in case the KU does not extend the last date.
Many students who have missed out on the online submission of forms due to the internet shutdown appealed the KU to extend the last date so that their academic year is saved.
While Controller Examinations KU, Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir, who is currently out of station, could not comment over the matter, a private college official said that they had raised the issue with the concerned KU officials and that they have agreed to extend the date.
He said that the online link is likely be opened by the varsity on Wednesday.
“While the online link was closed by KU on December 12, the students could submit the hard copies till 31st. We recently approached the officials over the issue and they have agreed to open the link,” he added.
The students, however, said that the KU authorities had been assuring of extending the last date “for the last ten days”.