Srinagar: To make good the losses suffered in the unrest, the University of Kashmir and the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) have decided not to close down for the winter vacation this year.
A total of 130 days of regular classes were lost due to the unrest which began on July 9. Dean, Academic Affairs, University of Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf said the decision had been taken in the interest of the students who had lost precious time in the last five months.
Even though we lost five months of summer in the unrest, we are trying that there should be no impact on the academic calendar. That is why we have cancelled the winter vacation, said the Dean, Academic Affairs.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir Prof Khursheed Andrabi said the first semester exam of the postgraduate courses was underway and the classes would start immediately after the exams end.
When the unrest started in July, the exams of the second semester were going on and the first semester had just begun. We uploaded the e-tutorials for the students so that they could benefit from them. By March, the exams will be over and the admissions to the new batches will start as scheduled. There will be no delay in the academic calendar. We will compensate for the losses in the winter months, Andrabi said.
The IUST in Awantipora has also decided to cancel the winter break this year and hold extra classes.
We will continue regular classes till the weather allows. There has been no decision on the winter break yet, said Vice Chancellor, CUK, Prof Mehraj Bhat. The IUST has also cancelled the weekend offs and other holidays to hold extra classes for the students.
We work for six days so that the students can cover maximum syllabus, said Vice Chancellor, IUST, Mushtaq Siddiqui.
The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice Chancellor, however, said they had not decided about the winter break yet.
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