SRINAGAR: Zahid Rashid Khanday, 19, a student in GDC Boys Anantnag affiliated with University of Kashmir is pursuing his graduation for the last three years and is still in his third semester of his studies. To complete graduation, a student has to get through six semesters in three years.
Khanday got his admissions in 2019, and by now he should have been in his last semester. He had plans that he would complete his graduation in three years and would then go outside for further studies. But three years have passed and he is yet to sit the exams of third semester.
“Our degree is to be completed in 2021. But for the last 11 months we are in the same year and there has been no exam. Normally, we should complete our two semesters in 11 months,” said Khanday.
This situation where students have been pursuing their degrees for years and had no definite dates in mind about when will their degrees end, has consumed their peace of mind. “My sister is three two years younger to me and is doing her graduation in IGNOU. She is about to complete her graduation,” said Khanday.
Another student from Baramulla degree college Ishfaq Malik said that we understand the times we are going through but University has to manage it. “This cannot be the excuse. Everywhere other than Kashmir University exams are taking place online, only we are lagging behind.”
He further said that Jammu university and cluster university are conducting exams. “Let us suppose even if a university holds our exams on time and on a fast-track basis that still means it will take us five years to complete our graduation,” Our precious time is getting wasted, he added.
“We now appeal to university authorities to please conduct our exams as soon as possible to avoid any further delay,” Malik appealed.
Pertinent to mention that students were already alleging Kashmir University of delaying the degrees even in pre pandemic times.
Another student Shayaan from Pulwama degree college said that this attitude of University disinterests a student from his students. “we appeal to the university authorities not to ruin our careers in disguise of bad times. Every department is functioning online.” Has the salary of University staff stopped coming, that needs more documentation and records to maintain? If that has not happened, why are our exams! Shayaan questioned.
When Kashmir Life contacted controller examination, despite repeated calls he did not pick up the call.