SRINAGAR — At a time when the surge in COVID-19 cases has shaken every sphere of life, exams are being postponed, schools and colleges are shut and Corona Curfew has been being enforced, the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) has decided to go ahead with the exams much to the discomfort of students whose repeated appeals to defer the exams are going unheard.
The Central University of Kashmir has already issued a datesheet for its students pursuing Integrated BSc, MSc in Physics and Zoology. Physics students for the 1st Semester are supposed to appear in the examination from Monday, April 26, while exams for 8th Semester students for Zoology will begin from April 29.
“We are under extreme stress. The Vice-chancellor (VC) is adamant to conduct the examination at this stage when people are scared of venturing out from their houses. Students have to come from every far-off place, and there are no facilities at the university that could save us from this lethal virus. Believe me, no sanitization or fumigation has been done inside the varsity,” a group of students told KNT.
They asked when everything is conducted online, why there is so much urgency to conduct the offline examination. “Hostels are shut, university transport is unavailable, students are at their homes and still they are being forced to visit the university,” the students said.
Pertinently, the highest seat of learning in J&K, the University of Kashmir, has already postponed all its offline undergraduate and postgraduate examinations till May 2, 2021, in view of the prevailing circumstances, even as it decided that the main campus in Srinagar shall continue to remain closed up to Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
One of the students said that the incumbent Vice-chancellor of the CUK wants to get awards and rewards by sending a message that despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, he managed to conduct the examination. “The VC visits the varsity rarely in this pandemic and on the cost of students, he wants to reap the benefits,” the students said.
VC Central University of Kashmir, Prof Mehrajuddin, was not available for the comments. Efforts to contact him did not materialize. (KNT)