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‘Out of syllabus’ paper: UG students
seek relaxation in marking

our years on, our
3-year degree yet to
be completed”

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI

Srinagar, Jan 31: The 6th semester
2017 batch of undergraduate students
demanded relaxation in marking of
their answer scripts saying that the
question papers set by the examiners
for their ongoing examination were
out of syllabus.
The aggrieved students said
they were enrolled for UG course
in 2017 and are yet to complete
their degree despite passage of
over four years.
“In 2019, we didn’t attend classes
due to closure of educational institu-
tions for a prolonged period. Later
the closure was extended in March
2020 due to the outbreak of COVID19.
The students were deprived of
normal classes for two years now,”
an aggrieved student from Kupwara
degree college said.
The students said they did not
avail online classes owing to slow
speed of internet and were not pro-
vided sufficient study material by
the teachers as well.
“Despite facing disruptions in
academics in 2019 and 2020, we did
not protest to appear in exams. But
university authorities should have
considered disturbances we faced
during the past two years,” the stu-
dent said.
The students said the questions
posed in the papers did not match
with the content of the study mate-
rial and the text books prescribed for
their course.
“We had 24 multiple choice ques-
tions with 1.5 marks for each ques-
tion. But the majority of the students
attempted only 5 to 6 questions as
the questions didn’t match with the
books,” the student said.
The students said they were eval-
uated in 5th semester on the basis
of the internal assessment by the
concerned colleges and their 6th
semester exam commenced from
December 26. “Our last paper is on
February 05. But all the students are
mentally disturbed as we were not
able to attempt all the questions in
the exams. The paper setter should
have been lenient while setting the
paper,” the student said.
The students said their three-year
course has already consumed more
than four years and any backlog
in the last semester will cost them
dearly as their one more year will
get wasted.
“Despite facing all odds in the last
two years, we were not given any syl-
labus relaxation or open choice in
question papers. We are being sub-
jected to mental torture by the paper
setters,” the student said.
The students said they approached
the concerned authorities Kashmir
University (KU) to put forth their
grievance but in vain. The students
demanded that they should be given
relaxation during evaluation of their
answer scripts.
Controller Examination in KU,
Prof. Irshad Ahmad Nawchoo when
contacted said they have already
received scores of emails from the
students.
“We have downloaded their
emails, their grievances will be sent
to the subject experts. We will look
into the matter. The students need
not to worry about it at all,” he said

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