By Ummar Jamal
Preparing diligently for my upcoming semester exams, I found myself engrossed in making comprehensive notes. The ticking of the clock signaled 4 o’clock when my phone rudely interrupted my concentration. It was a call from a friend, urgently proclaiming, “The results have been released, check them!”
Hastily ending the call, I scrambled to search for my results on the university website. As I entered my roll number, my heart sank at the sight of the displayed marks. The subject I had poured my heart and soul into, Constitutional Law, yielded the lowest marks; only 46. My expectations of achieving 75 marks or above out of 80 in Constitutional Law, my favorite subject, were shattered. Disappointment gripped my friends as well, as they too were taken aback by the unexpected results.
Determined to address this injustice, I resolved to request a re-evaluation of my question paper. In accordance with the university’s statutes, the results of re-evaluation were to be declared within three weeks of submitting the application. Alas, time proved to be a cruel adversary, as the three weeks turned six months, and my anxiety intensified. Throughout this arduous six-month period, I made regular visits to the Controller Examination office, incessantly reminding them of the pending results. Gaining access to the office itself was a Herculean task, as students were typically barred from entering. Nevertheless, I persisted in my pursuit of justice.
Each time I managed to gain entry, the staff assured me that the results would be published within a week, but these deadlines consistently proved to be false promises. It was a disheartening and frustrating experience, grappling with the incessant delays and witnessing the utter disregard for students’ concerns. The perpetual wait only compounded my anguish and further eroded my faith in the evaluation system.
Finally, after enduring six agonizing months, the re-evaluation results were released. To my astonishment, there was no change in my marks. The disillusionment I felt was indescribable. Resolute in my quest for truth, I returned to the Controller Examination office, demanding an explanation. After much ado, I managed to obtain a copy of my re-evaluated question paper. As anticipated, the revised evaluation yielded a commendable 76 marks out of 80; 30 marks increment in the original. Results. Yet, to my dismay, the staff at the Controller Examination office had neglected to incorporate these revised marks into my overall results. It was a disheartening realization that had I not taken the initiative to scrutinize my papers, my marks would forever remain unjustly low in Constitutional Law. This unfortunate episode serves as a stark reflection of the deplorable state of the evaluation system at Kashmir University.
Compounding the injustice is the exorbitant fee of 500 rupees charged for each paper re-evaluation. For individuals from humble backgrounds, this amount is astronomical and often unaffordable. According to the university examination statutes, if there is a 15 percent increase in marks after re-evaluation, a refund of five hundred rupees should be provided. However, this provision is shamelessly disregarded. Students are forced to endure an ordeal, shuttling between various administrative offices in pursuit of a reimbursement that is rightfully theirs.
The plight faced by students in Kashmir University is an embodiment of systemic failure. The evaluation process, designed to uphold fairness and accuracy, has instead become a source of frustration, disappointment, and financial strain for countless aspiring individuals. Urgent measures must be taken to address these issues and restore faith in the evaluation system. Transparent protocols, timely declaration of results, and adherence to statutory provisions are imperative to rectify the current state of affairs.
As students, we deserve an evaluation system that reflects our efforts, knowledge, and potential accurately. The quest for knowledge should not be tainted by the specter of unjust results and administrative indifference. It is time for the authorities to acknowledge the inherent flaws and take swift action to reform the evaluation system, ensuring a just and equitable future for all students in Kashmir University.
The sorry state of the evaluation system in Kashmir University not only undermines the efforts and aspirations of students but also highlights the need for urgent reforms. It is imperative that the university administration addresses these grievances and ensures a transparent and efficient evaluation process, one that fosters fairness and equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.
- The author is a law student at Kashmir University and National Spokesperson of J&K students Association. Email: [email protected]. Views expressed are the author’s
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