'Flawed' semester system exam takes toll on students

The continuation of semester system of exams at college level has taken a toll on the academic career of the students as the three year graduation course has been extended to four years.

The outgoing college (5th and 6th semester) students joined the course in 2016 and are yet to complete the course despite the passage of four years. The students are likely to join their post-graduation courses in 2020.

“As of now we should have joined the post-graduation courses in the Kashmir University or outside state university but the delay in completion of course has cost us one academic year,” said Sanna, a 6th semester college student.

Earlier, the varsity administration decided to hold two admission sessions this year wherein previous year’s dropouts and fresh students were supposed to be accommodated in the varsity in two separate batches.

In April, the varsity held the PG entrance test for the previous year’s dropout students who will join the classes from coming weeks. However the classes of another batch of fresh students are likely to get delayed to 2020.

“The admission session for the students who didn’t qualify the entrance in previous years has completed and the final selection list for all courses will be issued within days,” a top official in KU said.

However the outgoing 5th and 6th semester students accused the varsity of being hell bent to waste their one academic year by deferring new academic session to 2020.

“We had requested the varsity authorities to provide us provisional admission in PG courses so that our one year won’t get waste but the admission authorities declined,” said a group of outgoing college students.

The students blamed the varsity for stretching their three year course to four years due to its failure to conduct the exams on time.

“If the varsity was not able to streamline the semester system of exams, it should have reverted to previous annual exams system, after holding proper deliberations with the UGC. They have put the students at the receiving end,” the students said. 

Earlier, Greater Kashmir had reported that KU will have two admission sessions in a year in order to stabilise the academic session and accommodate more students in postgraduate courses.

After completing the first session in March, which has been now extended to June, the KU had decided to hold combine exams of 5th and 6th semester students in August to enable the students to appear in another PG entrance slated for September–October month.

“But the irony is that the varsity is yet to complete first admission session till June. The process was supposed to get completed in April,” a KU official said who is privy to the developments.

Under the present circumstances, the KU is unlikely to start the classes for second batch of students in 2019, he said.

Registrar KU, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Mir said the admission process of the first batch will be completed within this month followed by the commencement of classes.

“The progress of second batch will depend on the cooperation of colleges. We have to see when we can conduct the 5th 6th semester exams on the basis of which the second admission session will be started,” he said.

Director admission in KU, Prof. Irshad Ahmad said admission of second batch will start in November and the class work will start from March 2020.