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Kashmir University accused of fraudulent evaluation; career of students at stake

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Srinagar, Oct 9: Several undergraduate students on Tuesday accused Kashmir University (KU) of erroneously failing them in, at least, one subject of their final semester.
The varsity declared on September 19 the results of the examinations held in May-June.
A group of students that visited The Kashmir Monitor said they acquired the copies of their papers under RTI and got them revaluated in their respective colleges.
Surprisingly, they said, the students were found to be scoring more than what the university evaluation had awarded them.
A B Sc student from Pulwama Degree College said he was astonished to see himself failing in mathematics, the subject he has already qualified the postgraduation entrance test for at Kashmir University.
“I have been given only 18 marks in mathematics. When I got my paper re-evaluated at the college, I scored 50 marks. I had also cleared the KU entrance in the subject and now the university is not letting me enrol. It is going to cost me a year,” said the student.
Coordinator Exams at the college, Professor Gulzar, said the copies of the papers, which the students got from the varsity, were re-evaluated by their departments concerned.
“Most of them had done fairly well and were passing with good marks. The copies were checked by the group of two to three professors to see if there is any variation in the marking done in the first evaluation,” he said.
“We found a lot of variation.”
The college has sent an application accompanied by the answer booklets to the examination controller at KU.
So far, however, it has not received any response from the university.
Controller Examination, Kashmir University, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, said, “There is a legal procedure for revaluation of paper. Students have applied for revaluation and the result will be declared with 15 days,” he said.
Asked that the delay in result would ruin the students’ one year, he said, “They are not first-grade students. They have not worked hard, so they have applied for revaluation and it will take time to declare the result. They have to wait for another year to get admission in postgraduation.”


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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