All arrangements finalized along SOPs, no change in date sheet: Officials
Scores of postgraduate students from Cluster University of Srinagar Friday said that authorities are compelling them to appear in exams rather than taking online examinations.
As per the aggrieved students before the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, university conducted examination for some subjects while rest were postponed due to lockdown and restrictions.
Saima Jan, who is pursuing M. Com from the varsity told Rising Kashmir that university authorities have issued datasheet for conducting examinations from 15 July and in view of surge in cases they should conduct same through online mode.
“It seems varsity is risking the lives of students who have to come from various parts of the valley. Although they can easily conduct online examination for I, II and 3rd semester students and mandatory offline examinations for IV semester,” she said.
Jan said few of her classmates have detected positive, how they can appear in examination. “It is very risky to appear in the II semester pending papers,” she added.
Another student from Geography department wishing anonymity said they even had taken the issue with the authorities but they are ‘denying’.
“As per my knowledge, conducting offline examination is permitted only for final semester students and that too when the situation will be normal,” she said.
She said their parents are so worried about this. We want them to conduct our exams online so that our health would not suffer anymore.
Controller Examination, Cluster University Srinagar, Prof. Khurshid Ahmad Mir told Rising Kashmir that they have finalized all the arrangements regarding the PG examinations scheduled from July 14th.
“Most of these courses, varsity has conducted some papers in March this year and some papers were postponed in view of COVID-19 situation and we have directions to complete the all process before September,” he said.
Mir said the Vice Chancellor has provided approval for the examinations as other universities including Kashmir University is conducting offline examinations.
“We are going to follow strictly SOP’s and varsity has also taken permission from the divisional commissioner to conduct these examinations,” he said.
About absence of public transport, Mir said all those students who are outside or could not reach the examinations can show them ‘documentary evidence’ from the respective authorities.
“After that if varsity would found their cases guanine then they would conduct special examinations for them. There would no change in the date sheets,” he said.
While briefing about the number of students, he said in Chemistry they had 24 students, Geography 06, Physics 01 and they can be accommodating anywhere.
Mir said the students want to get promoted without appearing in examinations but the problem is that varsity has already conducted offline examinations.