Outgoing Srinagar CU students fear loss of academic year

The 2017-batch undergraduate students of Cluster University Srinagar (CUS) are unlikely to get admission in post-graduation courses at Kashmir University (KU) as the CUS has delayed the results of their last semester exams.

The students said the delay has left hundreds of students in a state of despair as it will cost them an academic year. The students were earlier allowed to appear in PG entrance test conducted by the KU. However they will not figure in the merit list unless their final semester result is declared by the CUS.

“The officials at the helm at both the Universities are augmenting our problems. The KU officials are not ready to give provisional admission to us as only those will be considered for the general merit list whose result will be submitted by September 27,” said a student.  “The UGC guidelines mention that the admission process should be completed by October 10 and in addition to it, a provision of provisional admissions is also there. But the KU officials ignore these guidelines.”

Many students said the Universities in Delhi and other states have given provisional admissions to students for PG courses for the current academic year. “We approached officials at Cluster University number of times but they pay no heed to our pleas,” the students said. “We even got an application signed from the office of VC KU but the Controller Examination of Cluster University did not regard it,” the student said. “Our career is at stake and both the Universities don’t bother to resolve our grievance at their own level.”

The students appealed to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) who is the Chancellor of both the Universities, for his personal intervention into the matter. Controller examination CUS, Prof Khurshid Ahmad Mir said the result will be declared within a day or two. “But the KU is holding PG entrance of 2016 students and our outgoing batch is not eligible for it,” he said.

Registrar KU, Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said the outgoing batch of CUS was not eligible for PG admission in KU. “Their degree (under graduate) period has not been completed yet. We have not allowed outgoing 2017 batch of students from KU affiliated colleges for PG admission in this session,” he said, adding that the announcement for holding PG entrance was made in March and the 2017 batch was not eligible for it.

“The PG entrance got delayed due to covid19 that is why it was held in September otherwise it was scheduled in March and the 2017 batch is not eligible for it,” he said.