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Srinagar: More than 28,000 students are set to appear in the entrance test for different postgraduate programmes at the University of Kashmir next month.

The examination was delayed by four months due to COVID 19 and subsequent lockdown.

In and official notification, the University said it is going to conduct entrance examination for admission to various post-graduate (PG) courses for the session 2020 tentatively from the first week of September, 2020.

“It is notified for information of all candidates who have submitted online application form and have deposited the requisite entrance test fee within the stipulated date and time for admission to various P.G. courses, 3-year LLB and 5-year BA LLB courses for session 2020 that the University is going to conduct the entrance test of the said courses tentatively from the first week of September 2020,” read the notification.

It added: “In this connection the aspirants are hereby directed to prepare themselves for the upcoming Entrance Examination and access the official website of University www.kashmiruniversity.net for further updates. The syllabus is already available on the Kashmir University official website under Admissions window.  Furthermore, the schedule of entrance test will be issued separately.”

Earlier, the varsity had decided to do away with the entrance test and admit students to various postgraduate programmes based on academic merit at the graduation level.

However, the university’s decision evoked sharp criticism from students and the faculty prompting the authorities to revert to the entrance test.

Professor Farooq Mir, Director of Admissions, Kashmir University told The Kashmir Monitor that entrance examination will be held from the first week of September with centers to be set up at North and South campuses.

He said since the government has announced to ease restrictions after August 16, the varsity will see if students from central Kashmir can come to the main campus for examination.

“More than 28000 students are appearing in the entrance test. We are chalking out our plans according to the prevailing situation. Earlier, we used to hold the entrance test of three subjects in a single day. However, this year due to the social distancing norma, it will be not possible,” he said.

More than 2000 students have applied for admission in Zoology, Botany, and Sociology. “It is not possible to hold an examination of these subjects in a single day. We are holding examinations on different dates for PG programmes which have the highest candidates,” he said.

Professor Mir said varsity will issue the exam schedule only after devising a proper plan. “We will follow all the precautionary measures at the exam centers. Students will be allowed to wear a mask inside the exam hall. They will be kept at 2 meters distant from each other. Sanitizers will be kept available for the students. I request students to cooperate. We will ensure that they do not face any inconvenience,” he said.

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