Law students stage protest

Demand 50% relaxation in syllabus, online exams for current semesters
Law students stage protest
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Srinagar, Nov 16: A group of students from various private colleges and School of Law, Kashmir University, on Tuesday staged a protest at Press Enclave here, demanding fifty percent relaxation in syllabus and online examination.

Around fifty students stage protest after Kashmir University announced deferment of scheduled exams by two weeks to provide more time to students for upcoming semester exams’ preparation.

“We have not attended any offline classes. The entire syllabus of current semesters was completed through online. Therefore, our demand is genuine. Examination must also be held online,” said a group of protestors.

Majid Hussain Mir of LL.B 4th semester said that students demand fifty percent relaxation and online examination.

“The precondition for attending offline classes was that a student must have received both doses of the COVID19 vaccination. In our semester, out of 65 students, just 5 had received both doses and were eligible to attend the onsite classes,” Mir said.

He added that rest of the students continued to receive online classes. “Therefore, our demand is genuine.”

Head and Dean School of Law, KU, Prof Beauty Banday told Greater Kashmir that there are around 3000 law students enrolled in different law colleges with most of them at School of Law, KU.

“These are just few students who are pressing for this demand. We have received over 500 representations from students, pressing for timely and offline exams,” she said.

The HoD added that authorities at School of Law have initiated “disciplinary action against students provoking others; who are hell bent upon to waste the precious academic sessions of thousands of students.”

“We have identified students provoking others for unnecessary protests. We are calling their respective parents before taking appropriate action against them under Kashmir University norms,” she said while replying to a query.

She added that 40 percent relaxation in syllabus has already been announced and the decision to hold offline exams has been taken up by the University higher ups and not by the department. “The same was conveyed to all students around two months ago and they have expressed delight over this much.”

“The other departments at KU have either completed the autumn end semester exams or are about to complete in offline mode. Why our students should lose a race against others,” she said while replying to a query.

An official of Kashmir University said that Proctor Office has also taken the cognizance of “indiscipline created by few students” and action under norms is being initiated. “Students found guilty of provoking innocents will face expulsion,” the official said while replying to a query.

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