KU for 5-6th joint sem exams students seek reduction in syllabus

KU for 5-6th joint sem exams students seek reduction in syllabus

Srinagar: With the Kashmir University (KU) scheduling the combined 5th and 6th semester undergraduate examination for September, students appearing in the examination have renewed their demand for a syllabus rebate, with some of them asking for the examination to be held on alternate days.
The KU has scheduled the combined examination for the first week of September. As decided in a meeting between the college principals and KU officials last week, the examinations for each subject of both semesters will be of three hours’ duration.
While two hours have been specified as the allotted time for the descriptive question paper of the 5th semester, the objective paper of the 6th semester will be held in the remaining one hour, as already notified by the KU.
The KU officials have stated that there will be no relaxation in the syllabus or the question paper pattern.
However, many students appearing in the combined 5th and 6th semester exam complained that the KU was rushing through the exams at the cost of their academic score.
They said that the joint examination of two semesters was being held in the stipulated time period of only one semester as the class work for their 5th semester started in the first week of March.
Based on this argument, the students had held a protest in March this year, demanding a 50 percent cut in the syllabus.
Although many students and teachers across valley colleges said that they had almost finished the courses of study of their 5th semester, a student at Government Boys’ Degree College Anantnag in South Kashmir told Kashmir Reader that due to the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in the district and the intermittent shutdowns, they had completed “some 20 percent” of the 5th semester syllabus.
With the joint examination of two semesters less than four months away, the students at the college have been looking forward to a reduction in the syllabus.
“Since the last week of April, the college has been shut for most of the days,” they added.
Though they are not demanding a decrease in the syllabus, students of the 2016 batch at the Amar Singh College Srinagar asked the KU officials to hold the examination on alternate days, unlike the simultaneous schedule the KU has fixed last week.
“Last time also, they held the combined examination of the 2015 batch for the two semesters without any gap between the two papers, and many students failed in that examination as it does not give you enough time for preparations,” Waseem Lone , a student, said.
He informed that they had completed a major portion of their 5th semester syllabus and were gearing up for their 6th semester studies.