Students protest ‘discrepancies’ in KU results

Police disperse demonstrations at MA Road, Education minister assures action against ‘erring’ officers

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 23 2018 12:48AM | Updated Date: Jan 23 2018 12:48AM
Students protest ‘discrepancies’ in KU resultsPhoto: Mubashir Khan/GK

Police on Monday used force to disperse college students who were protesting here against alleged discrepancies in their results. 

Witnesses said that scores of students including females hit streets at Moulana Azad Road here and staged protest against Kashmir University authorities for declaring majority of students unsuccessful in more than one subject.

“This is injustice with us. Our protest is against those who tried to ruin our career,” a group of aggrieved students said.

A protesting student said “how is it possible that almost 95 per cent of students would fail to qualify same subject?”  “This is due to callous approach of those who checked our papers,” he said.

As the number of protesting students swelled, police swung into action to disperse them. The protesting students blocked the main road at Moulana Azad Road forcing traffic police to divert traffic through alternate routes.

Police fires tear gas shells to disperse the protests and also resorted to cane charging. “A few students sustained minor injuries while running for cover,” he said. The protestors later dispersed off peacefully.

Earlier, students from different Kashmir colleges blocked road outside the Kashmir University to protest against the varsity authorities for discrepancies in results. The result of the first semester examination was declared on 19 January after over a year. 

The students formed a human chain and blocked the traffic for around an hour amid anti-varsity slogans. As per the students, none of the students have qualified in subjects like business organization and management and Urdu in different valley colleges while 90 per cent students are failing in other subjects as per the result.

They also said that several other students, despite appearing in the exams, have been marked absent in one or two subjects in the recently declared results.

"I was marked absent despite the fact that I appeared in the exam. I got my attendance sheet from the college where I am marked present," said a student from Gandhi Memorial College here. 

Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari while reacting over the protests held by college students against the discrepancies said, “the government will take action against the officials involved in creating this mess.Bukhari said that a meeting regarding the issue will be convened soon and action will be taken against the erring officials.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by Kashmir University states that “candidates have not darkened the respective circles on the OMR sheets and have rather put a dot or have encircled the respective answer or have ticked the respective answer which couldn’t be read by the OMR machine.”

“Therefore the marks of the objective paper could not be determined and were not were not added with his/her theory marks. Such OMR sheets are being identified and shall be assessed again by the OMR machine after correcting the mistakes committed by the students,” the statement said. 

“The number of such candidates is more than seven thousand. In order to resolve all these issues, it will take at least 15 days to correct and assess their OMR sheets and declare their results. The mistakes committed by the students on the OMR sheets can be seen on the sample copies of OMRs displayed on the University website,” it said. 

On the issue of the students, who are marked absent in the exam, who have actually appeared, a Kashmir University official said “candidates have not darkened the respective circles on the OMR on the roll number section.”

“They have rather put a dot or written roll numbers instead which couldn’t be read by the OMR machine which has created the issue,” he clarified.

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