JK News Today
Jammu, November 22
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today asked authorities to expedite steps to hold the pending college and university examinations in the Kashmir Valley by this year-end to ensure that students do not lose an academic year.
The Governor expressed serious concern over the irreparable damage suffered by students at all levels due to the recent disturbances in Kashmir at a meeting held at Raj Bhavan in which Education Minister Naeem Akhtar and vice chancellors of universities participated to draw a road map for the pending examinations in the Valley. The class X and XII examinations are already underway since November 14, breaking a prolonged spell of uncertainty and controversies over the issue.
This was the third meeting in a row on resolving the issues concerning Education Sector in Kashmir, where the closed schools and street agitations led to what Governor called , the irreparable damage suffered by students at all levels.
Naeem Akhter, said that extra classes in schools would be held throughout the winter in Kashmir to compensate the loss of studies . Schools have been asked to complete the admission process by November 2as all the schools have been directed to complete the admission process by November 25, he said.
Meanwhile , colleges have issued notices to students for attending classes from the next week. He also informed that the colleges have uploaded the instruction material for the uncovered portion of the syllabus on the website of the Kashmir University as well as on that of some of the city colleges.
VC, Central University of Kashmir informed that the end semester examination for various UG programmes have already commenced and will be completed by the middle of December 2016. The examination in respect of ‘Convergent Journalism’ will be completed by 24th December 2016. All the students have been provided relevant study material in the form of e-content/ hard copy. The representative of NIT, Srinagar informed that an action plan has been drawn for early resumption of academic work in the institute. The Governor urged the Education Minister to review the infrastructural impediments in this regard for timely resolution.
The Raj Bhavan spokesman recalled that the Governor had earlier also, on 31st August, 2016 and 14thSeptember 2016, held meetings with Naeem Akhter which were attended by all the Vice Chancellors and others to discuss issues relating to reopening of schools, colleges and Universities in the Valley. In the meetings of the University Council of the Kashmir University and SKUAST, Kashmir, which were held in October 2016, the Governor had re-iterated the need to work out an action plan for all required steps to be taken to make up for the loss of working days and, side by side, to fix the revised schedule of the delayed examinations at all levels.
During discussions, the Governor and the Minister called upon the Vice Chancellors to devote sustained close attention to bring about continuing visible improvement in the quality of education at the College and University levels. Governor noted that J&K would be left behind on all fronts if we failed to urgently focus on all obtaining voids in the entire educational system and provided the fullest support and guidance to enable our bright students to excel in every competitive examination.