After Outrage in Kashmir, Jamia Puts Online Exams On Hold

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Srinagar: The administration of Jamia Millia Islamia on Saturday decided to put off the online examinations on hold after facing a backlash from Kashmiri students over the concern of high-speed internet that remains barred in the Union Territory since August last year.

In a notification issued on Saturday, Jamia’s Controller Examination said that the Vice Chancellor has put the odd semester/year-end examination on hold..

Citing the reasons, the notification read that the university has received several representations from the students regarding their problems / issues with online proctored examination.

“The university has apprised the University Grants Commission (UGC) of the concerns of the students and the decision of the university regarding mode of conduct of examinations. The directions / guidelines from the UGC on the matter are sought and still awaited,” reads the notification.

It adds that the university shall take its decision regarding the mode of conduct of examination in consonance with the directions / guidelines received from the UGC on the matter.

“Meanwhile the students are advised to relax and continue with their ongoing online classes and their preparation for examination. They may frequently visit the university examination website, www.jmicoe.in for any further update on the matter,” the notification adds.

Pertinently, the announcement of JMI to conduct online examinations had evoked sharp reaction from Kashmiri students and several regional mainstream parties here on Friday.

Two major mainstream parties National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) criticized Jamia’s decision to conduct on-line exams.

“The announcement of the university to go for an on-line examination is incognizant of the ground realities in J&K, where 2G internet speed and frequent clampdowns on the internet service are common. The guidelines that students would be responsible for ensuring electricity and internet for the complete duration of the test and the students would be responsible for any lapses on that front, are elitist in nature defeating the inclusiveness that JMI stood for since its inception,” NC President Farooq Abdullah had said.

Echoing similar views, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti had said“Jamia University’s decision to hold exams in proctored online mode which requires laptops & high speed data for 3 hours is deeply problematic for students hailing from J&K. Request them to look for alternatives so that these bright minds don’t suffer.”

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