BBA students call for change in 6th semester date sheet in view of CMAT exam

SRINAGAR: The undergrad students pursuing Bachelor’s in Business Administration at the SSM College of Engineering and Technology in north Kashmir have demanded an alteration of their upcoming 6th semester examination date sheet in view of the upcoming all-India level entrance examination, which they have to write outside the valley.
The students’ demand comes a week after the Kashmir University to which they are affiliated, issued the date sheet for undergrad 6th semester examinations, which are scheduled from January 15 till February 4.
Several BBA students from SSM College said that the CMAT entrance examination which would make them eligible for admission to MBA programme at seven thousand colleges across India- was scheduled on January 28.
However, the paper of their 6th semester examination is scheduled on January 30 with the students fearing that they might not make it to the valley on the examination day given the prevailing weather conditions in valley and the frequent closure of highway of late.
The students alleged that the KU had kept an “unnecessary” gap of nine days between the paper on January 21st and that of 30th and asked the varsity authorities to adjust the latter on any of these days.
“Though, there is no clash between the C MAT and the semester-end papers, but we fear that we won’t be able to make it back to valley on 30th under the prevailing weather conditions,” an aggrieved student said.
He further said that the KU’s “adamancy” might cost them a whole academic year as their degrees were already running late.
“Now, if we opt not to appear in this year’s C MAT examination, it will cost us another year,” he said.
The students alleged that concerned officials at KU whom they approached over the matter, outright rejected their plea.
Controller Examinations at KU, Prof Farooq A Mir could not be contacted for comments.
Pertinently, the KU had proposed combined 5th and 6th semester examinations in August this year to enable them appear in the proposed second entrance test, which was scheduled in November.
However, due to the lockdown in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, the combined semester examination was delayed prompting the KU administration to cancel the November shift of admissions.

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