Universities postpone exams, classwork suspended

Amid the prevailing uncertainty in the Valley, University of Kashmir, Central University Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) have postponed all the exams scheduled till August 10.

A KU spokesman in a statement said: “All the exams scheduled from 5 to 10 August have been postponed and the fresh dates for deferred exams will be issued later separately.”

The varsity administration has also evacuated boarders from all university hostels and suspended the classwork as well.

Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Mehraj ud Din said they are vacating hostels and making arrangements to send the hostels boarders back to their homes.

“I am personally monitoring it to ensure that students are sent back to their homes safely,” he said. He also said they have suspended the class work at the University.

The move comes a day after the authorities at NIT Srinagar evacuated all non-local students from hostels and sent them back to their homes in outside J&K state.

The students are being evacuated from hostels in wake of the security advisory issued by government for yatris and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir.

 Public Relations Officer Central University of Kashmir Arshad Me’raj said that all the exams from 5 to 10 August stand postponed.  “Fresh dates for postponed exams will be issued later separately,” he said.

The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora on Sunday also postponed all semester exams scheduled up to 9 August. “All the semester exams of university have been postponed and fresh dates for these exams will be issued later separately,” reads a notification issued by IUST.

The varsity administration also vacated all the hostels and sent the students back to their homes.

“The students were provided transport facility up to railway station while as some students went home by using public transport,” an official at the University said.

He said the evacuation of students from hostels means there will be no class work in the varsity as well till further orders.

“Obviously when we are sending our students back to their homes, how can we continue with class work,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor IUST, Prof Mushtaq Siddique however said they have not officially closed the University. “We have vacated hostels and decided not to ply our university buses. We have not issued any order for closure of university,” he said.

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