Amid the controversy over holding semester exams of B. Tech students from November 21, the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora has decided to conduct another exam for students who won't be able to appear in the already scheduled exams.
Vice Chancellor IUST Prof Mushtaq Siddique said the 6th semester exams for B.Tech students were scheduled on basis of demands from students.
"But the university has decided to conduct another exam for the B.Tech 6th semester students who won't be able to appear in the already scheduled exams from Monday," Prof. Siddique said.
He said the decision to hold exams of B.Tech 6th semester students was taken after a group of students submitted a representation, demanding conduct of exams.
"We have kept a record of e-mails of students who wanted to appear in their exams. Around 30 percent of students gave in writing in favor of holding exams these days," Prof. Siddique said.
Earlier the B.Tech 6th semester students had opposed the university decision to hold exams amid the prevailing situation in Kashmir saying students had to come from far off places to attend the exams. "IUST is unfairly conducting exams of B.Tech 6th Semester students. Majority of students are not able to appear in exams because of the circumstances in their respective areas," the students said. "Students have to come from Kulgam, Uri and other districts."
Interestingly the university has decided to conduct the exams in Amar Singh College and Awantipora. "The exams will be held for one month, which will cause inconvenience to the students coming from other districts. They don't have any option to available to stay put at any place nearby examination centres," the students said.
Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of the varsity said there was no "bonding" on the students to appear in the scheduled exams. "It is a supplementary exam. We will hold another exam later as and when the normalcy returns in Kashmir," he said. "This exam will be held for those students who volunteered for it."
Vice Chancellor said the exams are being held for the students who want to appear in CMAT exams in the last week of December. "Students should have qualified the 6th semester exams to qualify CMAT that is why their exams were scheduled on priority," he said.
He said the varsity also held 8th semester exams of B.tech students in August this year given their admission in M.Tech courses. "Students would lose one year had they not appeared in last semester exams in August."
To the demand of students to be promoted to next semester on basis of marks obtained in their internal and external practical exams, V-C said: "Universities are set up on basis of particular statute. As per the statute students have to appear in both, theory and practical exams," Prof. Mushtaq Siddique said.
He said they started classes of new semesters on Saturday. "Given the full day relaxation in strike calendar we started class work in university," Vice Chancellor IUST said.