The MBBS students have expressed resentment over the decision by the authorities to hold their exams from next month amid the corona scare.
The government has designated University of Kashmir (KU) and Jammu University as examination conducting body for the MBBS students pursuing their course at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and GMC Jammu respectively.
As per the date-sheet notified by KU, the exams of 1st year MBBS students is likely to commence from August 10 while the exams of the students in Jammu is scheduled from August 17.
The exams have been scheduled amid the closure of all educational institutions and a surge in COVID19 cases in J&K.
"Amid this pandemic, the government's decision to conduct exams is putting lives of the students at risk," said Shahid, an MBBS student. "If we attend Colleges for exams we will become vulnerable to the deadly virus as our campus is located adjacent to the hospital. If the authorities in GMCs Jammu and Srinagar cannot promote us, they should defer the exams."
The students said they cannot appear in the exams amid the ongoing COVID19 crisis as almost every area has been declared red zones by the administration in J&K and no transport facility was available.
"The parents won't allow the students to leave home for examination in Kashmir where some students have already tested positive for COVID19," said Sajid, another student.
He said most of the students have not submitted their assignments yet due to continuous ban on high speed internet.
In view of the prevailing situation, the students appealed to the authorities to defer their exams till situation improves.
Registrar Kashmir University Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said number of students appearing in exams was not large and they have to write their exams in the same colleges where they are studying.
"If we will postpone the exams then the same students will blame the University for delaying completion of their degrees and accuse us for ruining their career. There is no problem in holding the exams," he said.
Vice Chancellor Jammu University, Manoj Kumar Dhar said the varsity was only the exam conducting body and the decision about holding exams was taken by Dean, GMC Jammu.
"They proposed the date sheet and only they can decide whether to postpone it. Our job is to only conduct the exams," he said.