Backlog exams to be held at respective places: VC CUK
Not possible for varsity to conduct online exams for Ph.D. scholars: Dean Research KU
Students of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and University of Kashmir Friday appealed authorities to conduct online examinations in view of Covid19 pandemic.
The students of several departments of CUK said that they fear academic loss due to the ongoing lockdown. They said that it is difficult for them to appear in the individual exams and want to appear exams through online mode.
Nadiya Rashid, one of the aggrieved student told Rising Kashmir that university should conduct examinations for backlog papers through online mode like other universities outside J&K.
She said many of their colleagues are living outside the valley and would not able to attend the examinations following the Covid19 restrictions and lockdown.
‘We appeal to varsity authorities to conduct our examinations through the online mode, so that students don’t face any problems,” Nadiya said.
Last week, the university issued a date sheet for backlog students asking them to appear for the examination in offline mode along with standard operating procedures (SOP’s) in place.
Another student, Malik Aijaz from the varsity said it would be very difficult to travel to Srinagar from Kupwara and appear in the examinations as there is no transport, hostel facility available this time.
“It is humble request to the authorities to conduct our exams through online as students have come from far-flung places to attend the exams, which is very difficult,” he said.
Aijaz said it is the moral responsibility of the varsity authorities to delay the exams and conducts them through online mode.
However, Vice-Chancellor CUK, Prof. Mehraj-Ud-din Mir told Rising Kashmir that in any case in varsity, there will be no compromise on the quality of examination or any further delay in the examination,” he said.
Regarding the issue of backlog students, Mir said they have decided to conduct their examinations at their respective places in nearby higher educational institutions.
“In case, students are not interested, they can wait for another session and appear in the examination,” VC said.
Meanwhile, Ph.D. scholars from few departments of University of Kashmir urged authorities to conduct course work exams offline in view of the Covid19 pandemic.
One of the PhD, scholars from the Food Technology Department wishing anonymity told Rising Kashmir that varsity authority are pressurizing to appear in exams offline.
“If the exams were conducted online for PG students why same cannot apply for P.HD students. The UGC has also directed authorities to conduct viva voce of scholars online arranging it on Skype but who to blame here,” he said.
As per him, they have already completed examinations of few papers before Covid19 but this time it is very risky.
Another scholar from Pharmaceutical department said despite repeated attempts to concerned authorities to delay or conduct their exams online but they turned deaf ears to our pleas.
“Some of candidates have COVID19 patients at home, even some are hospitalized while some are home quarantined,” he said.
Dean Research KU, Prof Shakil Ramshoo told Rising Kashmir that it is not possible for them to conduct online exams for Ph.D. scholars.
“It is possible for varsity to conduct online exams for PhD students. If any students have any guanine demand he or she should approach concerned head along with proof,” he said.
Ramshoo said it is 2018 batch of scholars and course work should have been completed in 6 months. Now it is the second year and still few students are creating problem in holding the exams, he said.
“We have got information regarding 2 students that they have some problem but for rest, the exams would be held along with proper SOP’s in place,” Ramshoo said.
However, scores of B.ed candidates of Kashmir division who are enrolled in Directorate of Distance Education have urged authorities to extend the last date of submission of forms.
As per them KU had issued a notification for online submission of examination forms for the candidates of batch 2018-20. In view of Covid19 restrictions, they have demanded extension in last date of submission of forms.