KU mulls academic, examination reforms

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VC chairs meeting of Deans, HODs

SRINAGAR: Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Wednesday announced a slew of measures the University proposes to take to enhance transparency and accountability in academics and examinations.

Chairing a meeting of Deans of various faculties and the Heads of Departments, Andrabi said the University would empower students to get their grievances redressed in case they felt their answer scripts haven’t been not evaluated properly.

“The students would be in a position to instantly move the Chairman of the Departmental Committee with their grievances for a resolution within three days.

In case, a student is still not satisfied, he will be at liberty to register his grievance before the concerned Dean, and also the Dean Academic Affairs if needed,” he told the meeting. “The idea is to fully empower the students and make them feel completely comfortable in the system.”

Prof Andrabi said the University also proposes to revisit the pattern of question papers at the undergraduate level and have it on 50:50 basis for descriptive and objective-type questions. “This would cut-short the evaluation process and consequently ensure early declaration of results,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor also talked about a proposal to start second shift in some PG programs “where we don’t have any major logistic problems.”

“This would not only ensure admission to those students who miss the same due to a very thin margin of points in the entrance examination owing to paucity of seats, but also lead to more job opportunities, apart from making the campus academically more vibrant,” the V-C said.

The University, Prof Andrabi announced intends to establish its own Undergraduate College that would offer courses initially in sciences and later in arts and social sciences. “This would also closely help us evaluate the gaps, if any, in the system of academics at the UG and PG level and plug the same,” he said.

The University, he said, also contemplates to do away with private system of examination and confine itself to offering courses and examinations through regular and distance modes only, as per the standard practice.

The VC said the meeting has been convened to inform the Deans and HoDs about the decisions taken in a meeting of the Standing Committee of Academic Council held yesterday.

“We will move the appropriate forums to get the proposals ratified before going ahead with them,” he assured.

Dean Academic Affairs, Prof M A Wani, Registrar Prof Musadiq Amin Sahaf, Dean Colleges Prof GM Shah, Controller of Examinations Prof AS Bhat and SS to Vice Chancellor, Dr M S Sumbil were also present on the occasion.

 

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