Valley News Desk

Srinagar, Oct 14: In a bizarre
move, Kashmir University (KU)
has fixed Rs 5,000 fee per paper
for “mercy chance.”
Though the University Coun-
cil had fixed this fee a long back,
the issue came to limelight ear-
lier this year when a group of
candidates applied for mercy
chance in LLB department,
which had tentatively decided
to conduct the exam for mercy
chance in February. The exam
was not held at the “appropri-
ate time” and later it got further
delayed due to coronavirus, a
candidate said.
After a delay of several
months, the university has
now planned to conduct the
exam for mercy chance, which
enables candidates to pass
subject or improve their grades.
“Charging Rs 5000 per paper is
not a mercy but exploitation,”
candidates said, adding that
how can a student afford it.
“The KU authorities should
take a sympathetic view and
reduce the fee,” the candidate
said. Notably, some candidates
have already submitted a repre-
sentation to the Vice Chancellor,
Kashmir University in this regard.
Dean Academic Affairs KU,
Prof Akbar Masood said he has
not received any copy of the
representation so far. “Actually
the money charged as exam fee
goes to the examination depart-
ment. The controller has to make
a decision whether we can relax
the fee or not. Once he takes
his decision, administration will
issue a notification regarding
this,” he said.
Controller examination Prof M
Y Bhat said that the decision was
to be taken by the varsity admin-
istration as it has been approved
by University Council.
“The candidates should
submit a representation to
the Registrar and he can get
it reviewed by the VC. If my
remarks are needed I will also
recommend some relaxation in
it,” he said.

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