Supplementary exams will be held in the second week of Oct: Dean Engineering KU
Scores of seventh-semester students from SSM College of Engineering and Technology Parihaspora Monday alleged portal malfunctioning while appearing for their semester exams via online mode in July and demanded re-examination of the same paper.
A group of seventh-semester students from the SSM College stated that on 27 July, when they were appearing in their first paper and after completion of paper they could not submit it as the portal was not working.
Sabreen Amin, a student told Rising Kashmir that during the examination which was held through Google Classroom, the option of the questions were seized and students were unable to submit their answers.
“Soon after the examination, we approached the college authorities but there was no concrete reply from them. They asked us to provide us for roll numbers and assured that the issue will be resolved,” she said.
Sabreen said due to 2G network, most of the students were facing the same issue but despite repeated pleas to authorities, things have not changed.
Another student Rizwan Ahmad said they also approached Kashmir university authorities but they also declined help. “Some of us are living in far-flung areas and such faults occurred due to low network. It was not deliberately done by the students,” he said.
Ahmad said most of the students have applied for various courses and other competitive exams but these things can hamper their studies. “We were informed at the last hour by the college authorities that ‘this paper’ has been put under backlog by the varsity,” he said.
“It was a technical problem and was not fault of the students,” Ahmad said.
Principal SSM College of Engineering and Technology Parhaspora, Dr Sajad Hussain Din told Rising Kashmir that soon after the examination of the said paper, the college had approached the varsity and they have assured the issue will be resolved.
“Apart from this paper, there are also some other students who have faced the same problem following the slow internet speed,” he said.
Hussain said they also appreciate varsity authorities for their continuous efforts during the Covid-19. “Although there were some errors, I hope the university will come up with some concrete solution,” he said.
Dean Engineering, University of Kashmir Prof Syed Muzaffar Andrabi said ‘Google forms are working easily on 2G internet as it has been optimized by the technical team.’
“Before any examination, we have given them clear instructions regarding the procedure but some of them have used third-party application to hack the keys,” he said.
Andrabi said all engineering examinations were held on the same portal and it may be more than 100 papers. “Only 20-22 students had some issues in submitting their replies as most of them were trying to hack keys online,” he said.
“Presently we are conducting examinations of 6 semesters and after that supplementary examination for the 7th semester will be held in the second week of October and their result will be declared immediately, so they will not suffer any academic loss,” he added.