UG exam to chilai kalan
SRINAGAR: The third semester undergraduate examination, which should have been conducted by the Kashmir University (KU) months ago when students completed the syllabus, has allegedly been pushed by the authorities to the ongoing winter, causing inconvenience to the students besides resulting in wastage of their precious time.
The third semester examinations began on Tuesday. But teachers from many degree colleges told Kashmir Reader that the examination has been unnecessarily dragged to the ongoing chilai kalan, the harshest part of winter in the valley. A teacher at Degree College Ganderbal said that the varsity had left hundreds of students to shiver in the winter cold even as the syllabus was completed at the institution “over two months ago”. “The examination should have been conducted immediately once the students were done with their studies. But they (the varsity administration) have pushed the exams to the heart of winter,” he said. He said that given the intense cold, the heating arrangements at the examination centres were turning out to be inappropriate.
As per the teacher, “miscommunication” between the KU and its affiliated colleges, had resulted in delay in conducting the semester examinations. “And the colleges have to take dictations from both the government and the KU. Academically, a college is affiliated to KU, but administratively, it is controlled by the government,” he added.
He said that the KU authorities “have not prioritised things”. “The academic calendar does not find any implementation. The semester examinations which should ideally be conducted within the stipulated time are held at the whims of the KU authorities.”
Echoing the teacher, a senior professor at Degree College Pulwama also said that the third semester students at his institution had completed the syllabus “around two months ago”. He said that the KU should have conducted the examinations earlier when the students were done with their studies.
Expressing helplessness, the senior professor said that the colleges had no role in conducting the examinations. The professor however told this reporter that there was “no compromise” over heating arrangements at the college for the examinees.
Although the students at the institution completed their syllabus much earlier, an official at another degree college in South Kashmir said that officials at KU told them that they had to make many arrangements for conducting the examination, which took time.
Controller Examinations, KU, Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir did not respond to phone calls by this reporter.