Kashmir Indepth

KU students seek mass promotion

SRINAGAR, May 16: As education has been badly affected since August last year in the valley, Kashmir University students have sought the mass promotion.

Kashmir University recently decided to hold the internal assessment test online and set June 15 deadline for completing the syllabus of undergraduate and post-graduate students.

It was decided to complete the syllabus of students through virtual classes before June 15 and simultaneously conduct internal assessment examinations online.

However, students have opposed the varsity authorities’ decision.

Class representatives of department of the varsity have written a letter to authorities of Kashmir University demanding their mass promotion.

“That the students of batch 2018 and 2019 should be promoted to next semesters officially with immediate effect as students are not able to focus on next semesters. The students do not demand mass promotion but evaluation as per UGC protocol that are based on internal assessment and previous record only,” the letter reads, a copy of which lies with news agency KINS.

The letter says that the university should not compare both the academic and mental condition of their students with other students of the country as “we already have lost 10 months since August 5 2019”. “They have only lost three months so far and their administration has made decisions quickly. We have lost years altogether. It has come into the notice of all the students that the university has asked both the batches to fill up their examination forms by online mode. There will be no filing up of examination till the current situation gets back to normal,” it reads.

The letter says in this economic crisis “there are students who suffer online classes just because they cannot afford the telecom charges and right now it’s impossible for them to fill up the examination forms”.

“In order to complete syllabus the respective departments are flooding the students with assignments, plus the number of online classes are more than enough and scheduled abnormally that spare no personal time for students. The authority should ask all the departments not to put extra load on students as they are having deeply disturbing experience,” it reads.

A senior official of the university said they were following the recommendations of the UGC. “Whatever decision is taken by the UGC, we will adhere that. Only VC can comment over the demands of the students,” the official told news agency KINS, wishing not to be quoted by name.

UGC has also recommended that the universities should either hold exams or should adopt some mode of assessing their performance before promoting them.

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