The University of Kashmir has announced winter vacation for students of main campus and offsite campuses from December 23 to February 2, 2020.
In this regard, the order-vide number winterbreak/daa/ku/2019 dated December 13 was issued by Deputy Registrar academicaffairs on Friday. "This is for the information of all the concerned thatteaching departments of main as well as satellite campuses excluding Leh andKargil campuses shall observe winter vacation from December 23 of 2019 to February 2, 2020," reads the KU order.
It reads that thedepartmental offices shall function normally and the Heads of the Departmentsshall ensure that examination and other businesses go on unhampered.
Meanwhile, the students have demanded that the varsity shouldprepone the winter vacation for main campus citing that the KU started classwork in their Post-Graduation (PG) department without providing hostel andtransport facility to the students.
"Students have to shuttle every day from north and southKashmir districts to attend their classes. Most of the students can't make itto attend the classes on daily basis as KU has closed the hostels for allstudents," said a student from Baramulla district.
"The university is not also plying its buses to ferrystudents from different districts to the main campus," he added.
"We can't now hire rented accommodation for mere eight daysas KU has announced winter break from next week," the students said.
Pertinent to mention that KU has eight hostels, includingfour each for boys and girl students at main and Zakura campuses. These hostelsaccommodate almost 2000 PG students of the varsity.
Dean academic affairs KU, Professor Akbar Masood said therewas no chance to prepone the winter break for students.
"Now that vacations have been announced, let the studentsmanage one more week as they have been doing from past weeks. I assure that theissue of hostel accommodation will be resolved when classwork will resume afterwinter break," Prof Masood said.