Kashmir University: The Highest Seat Of Unlearning 

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Large number of students from far-flung areas visiting University on daily basis tells a lot about the state of the affairs. I met students who were approaching the officials to notify the date sheets. There is no grievance redressal system which in turn fails to make officials accountable

Amanjeet Singh

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The list of grievances with the Kashmir University is unending. Still, any question raised against ill- functioning of the Kashmir’s premier institute of higher learning is however downplayed and attributed to the thirty-year old unrest in the region. The one-week I spend at the University’s Examinations section gave me a glimpse of the truth. That how lethargic university staff is? How they take students for a ride? How the non-serious approach of the officials in a rigorous process for simple issues can put student’s career at stake and even then nobody is going to listen to their woes.

I graduated from one of the affiliated colleges of the Kashmir University.  In three years I passed as many exams. Even after three years our batch have received Marks sheet of only Second year. That too with name of the degree misspelled.  Not to talk of degree and other certificates.

The university this year declared results of 3rd year on April 21, almost after two months the examinations were held in February. It is acceptable that with huge number of students appearing in the examinations it can take that much of time for flawless announcement of results. But that has not happened. In case of my Course University did not declare the results of one subject. After waiting for almost two weeks, we approached the university to ascertain the reasons for the delay. The response of the officials was not only rude but disappointing.  The apathy of the system is such that we were told to bring the answer sheet numbers from the examination centres. Next day when we approached the examination centre we got to know there has been a typo error and they have already informed the university office through an official letter two weeks ago. Next day when we again approached the University’s examination office, the officials were found unaware of the letter, though they had received the same two weeks ago.

The issue was sorted only out after three days rigorous hard work.

After this we embarked on the mission of getting our marks cards. Getting a marks card from university is difficult than passing the exams itself. The story of marks cards goes like this: The mark sheets of the examination we passed in 2015 have not been printed yet. The irony is rather than accepting their failure university officials put blame on the college administration of not distributing the sheets on time.

 When we raised the issue with the official there, we were first told they have sent all the marks cards to college, which was not the case. Though we got convinced and tried to check the college with no success. The helpful college administration though found way out and asked us to inquire about the date and order number by which they have sent the same. Without much surprise next day we found that university has no record by which they can prove that they have sent the certificates to the college. Knowing that university is at fault we were told to bring an application duly signed by the college principal that we have not received the marks cards.

Amid all this, some serious questions are bound to be flashed in student’s mind. What is my fault? Why I am subjected to do rounds from one table to another in university office?  If I am doing half of the work than why I paid amount of Rs. 2500 as examination fees?

There is no way out and a student in this system is not in the capacity to seek accountability. You are bound to adhere by the “rules” suiting their interests.

 Large number of students from far-flung areas visiting University on daily basis tells a lot about the state of the affairs. I met students who were approaching the officials to notify the date sheets. There is no grievance redressal system which in turn fails to make officials accountable

Besides our repeated requests to meet the higher authorities were turned down bluntly. We somehow managed to meet a senior official in the Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat. The official admitted that university is dealing with crisis. No doubt there has been shortage of the staff in the clerical sections but still there have been allegations of callous approach adopted by them. The university deals with more than one lakh students in one academic year. However, with creation of the cluster university, it seems, the load on the university will decrease, hopefully.

The story first appeared in print edition of May 17 to 23-2017.

 

 

 

 

  

 

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