Hostels shut, but KU’s law department to conduct exams

Hostels shut, but KU’s law department to conduct exams
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Infuriated students protest, seek deferment

SRINAGAR: Barely a month after the University of Kashmir shut its hostels for vacations, the varsity’s Law department has decided to conduct semester-end examinations, thus infuriating the students.
Many aggrieved students told Kashmir Reader that the department had tentatively scheduled the semester-end examinations for LLB, BA-LLB and LLM programmes from the first week of February.
Accusing the department of “rushing through” the examinations, the students, especially hostellers who were vacated by the university from their rooms earlier this month, demanded deferring the examinations.
“They have already closed the hostels. How can we afford to take new rooms on rent? Many of our colleagues are handicapped. What about them?” asked a LLM student.
The university, citing “freezing of water pipes” had closed its hostels for students during the winter vacations.
A student complained that the department “does not care about the students” while teachers at the department were “enjoying winter vacation”.
He alleged that the department had thrust the examination duty “on the non-teaching staff and even research scholars”.
“It feels like being enrolled in a military garrison where the orders of the major are final,” a student remarked.
Another aggrieved student said that scores of them blocked the varsity’s Rumi gate in protest demanding deferment of examinations.
He said that they have been “moving from pillar to post” for many days asking officials to defer the tentative date sheet in view of the closed hostels.
Besides the abandoned hostellers, a student said that many of his batch mates, who have been stuck in Jammu due to continuous bad weather, could not prepare for the examinations.
Head of KU’s Law Department, Prof Mohammad Hussain did not answer calls made by this reporter.
However, the department announced postponement of BA-LLB 7th and 9th semester examinations which were scheduled from February 2.