Bunk classes, lose marks | KU gives weightage to attendance

Beware: Don't Bunk Classes

Srinagar: If you are a student and wish to bunk your classes, think twice as it may cost you some marks!
According to the new decision of University of Kashmir, marks shall be reserved for attendance and internal assessment at educational institutions. The decision was taken during the last University Council meeting held on October 20. The meeting was presided over by Chancellor, N N Vohra.
“Where ever the weightage is 150 marks (75 marks in Paper A and B each), 50 marks shall go to the colleges for attendance and internal assessment while 100 shall remain with Controller Examination. Where marks are 100 (50 for each part of Paper), 25 marks shall be reserved for colleges and 75 with Controller Examination,” said Prof Abdul Salam Bhat, Control Examination, University of Kashmir.
The single paper system is scheduled to start for all graduate courses from 2013. Paper ‘A’ and ‘B’ of each subject shall be clubbed into a single paper. There will be a change in the pattern of the Paper too. Efforts are being made to reduce the syllabus from eight units to five units in each subject. The question paper will include one more question and the timing of examination will also be increased from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.

The single paper system is likely to bring many benefits with it which include short examination days, speedy evaluation of papers and prompt declaration of results which in turn will save the academic time. The cost of examination process shall also go down.
“Single-Paper system will save a lot of time. Keeping in view our climatic conditions, we cannot afford month-long examinations. Single-Paper will halve the time of examination. Besides, we will be able to declare the results in time too,” Prof Bhat said.
About reservation of marks for colleges, he said it will ensure discipline among teachers and students. Most importantly, bunking of classes will also be checked.
“We wanted to ensure better behavior of students at educational institutions. Reservation of marks will provide an incentive to students for attending the classes and stop bunking.”
Bhat said this will also force teachers to be punctual and active in institutions. “It will increase accountability of the students and teachers.”
Internal assessment shall consider performance of students in the class besides class tests. The decision has been hailed by teachers and students who see many benefits in the process.
Teachers and students have welcomed the initiative citing its long-term benefits.
“The Single-Paper system is really a good initiative which will relieve students of examination pressure,” said Akhtar H Malik of Kashmir University’s Botany department.
He suggested that more such steps should be taken to improve the academics and system of education.
Expressing delight over the decision, Naushad Malik, a B.A student, demanded cut in the examination fee also. “Single-Paper system will halve the cost on examinations, but examination fee should also be reduced to half.”

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