In the backdrop of low speed internet, the students of University of Kashmir (KU) Monday urged the administration to resume regular offline classes saying they could not follow the online lectures properly because of weak internet connectivity.
The Postgraduate (PG) students of KU said that it has been more than one and a half years since they have attended regular offline classes and that has had a drastic effect on their studies.
One of the students said that her batch has not attended a single offline class for the past 15 months.“Following the abrogation of Article-370 in August 2019 and outbreak of COVID-19 this year, the education of students of KU has got affected badly because neither could the students understand the lectures properly via online classes nor has the KU devised any alternative to compensate the academic losses,” she said.
The students further said that only the education sector in Kashmir is lying defunct while all other sectors have started functioning normally by observing the recommended COVID-19 protocols.
They said, “Students of batch 2018 and 2019 approached the KU administration wherein we requested them to resume offline classes but it seems nobody is interested in saving the career of the students.”
The PG students further said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the guidelines has also said the respective universities are autonomous in this regard to take a call regarding the mode of holding academics by observing COVID-19 protocols.
Ku’s Dean Academic Affairs, Akbar Masoodi said the varsity is following the government orders.
“In order to resume the regular classes, there is a need to follow the recommended COVID-19 protocols wherein we have to maintain space of at least one meter, however KU has not much space to accommodate all students of one particular department in a one room,” Masoodi said.