In total disregard to rules and in a major lapse, Kashmir University has passed certain BBA candidates of first year (first semester) from the centres earlier cancelled by it.
The KU vide its notification no. F4 (exam cancelled) KU/2015 dated 31.12.2015 cancelled the examination of BG first semester held on 23.12.2015 at the centres 337 to 341 and 351 constituted at Greenland College of Education Hawal "on account of having received serious complaint related to facilitating the examinees for mass copying."
The result for the first year first semester (non-professionals) was declared on May 13, 2016 and the candidates from the cancelled centres referred in the notification dated 31.12.2015 were rightly shown as repair in the paper they had appeared on the day.
But later when the result for the professional courses including BBA (first year first semester) was declared on May 24, 2016, surprisingly, the BBA candidates from the earlier cancelled centres were seen passed.
The aggrieved candidates from non-professionals courses (BA, BSc B Com) approached the university pointing to the serious lapse committed by it. "But we were tossed from one table to another without anybody listening to our grievances," the candidates said.
"Finally, we approached Assistant Controller, Examinations, KU, who after listening to us, said that the candidates from the professional course BBA were erroneously shown as passed and that it was simply a mistake and assured to correct it." The candidates also approached Deputy Controller, Examinations, KU, "who paid no heed to our pleas."
"We fail to understand why the authorities are reluctant to correct the result of the candidates who they admit have been erroneously shown as pass," Azhar Ayub, a candidate from non-professional course said.
The candidates rejected the contention of the university authorities that it was simply a mistake. "How can it be a simple mistake? We fail to understand how the papers of the BBA candidates who belonged to cancelled centres were shown pass when the fact remains that their papers should not gone for marking as per the rules."
"It is now about 3 weeks since the results of the first year first semester professional courses were issued, yet the university has taken no steps to the correct its record," the candidates said.
The candidates alleged that "it is a big fraud played on the students selectively. This shows that the university passes and fails the candidates as per its sweet wish."
Earlier, when contacted Controller Examinations KU A S Bhat had admitted that many candidates had approached them with such complaint. "If we find such a thing has happened, we will not only correct it, but will also come up with an apology," he had said.
Today when he was contacted by Greater Kashmir for comment, he did not pick up the phone nor did he call back.
When contacted Assistant Controller Examinations KU, Manzoor Ahmad Wani, said he will check the matter with the concerned and shall call back within five minutes, but he did not call back.
Meanwhile, the candidates appealed Governor J&K, N N Vohra, and the Vice Chancellor of the university to intervene in the matter. "Even if the university sets the results right, still the matter needs to be investigated and probe ordered to find out who is actually responsible for this major lapse and how the papers were selectively sent for marking and if they were not sent, how the candidates were selectively shown as pass in that paper," the candidates demanded.