Kashmir University’s B.Ed Programme a total disaster

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Kashmir University (KU)

Pulwama: Kashmir University’s B.Ed Programme is turning out to be a total disaster for the students who started pursuing the professional degree from the varsity in the year 2015.

The students from both the Regular and Distance Mode batches of 2015 alleged that the authorities at the University were wasting their precious time as the two-year programme has been ‘unnecessarily’ dragged into the third year.

“We submitted our admission forms in 2015 while the first selection list was issued by the University in February, 2016. Even in August 2018, our degree is incomplete,” says a student, Gulzar Ahmad who is pursuing B.Ed through the University’s Directorate of Distance Education.

He further added, “We were left fuming by Kashmir University’s B.Ed Programme when we appeared in JKSSB’s Teacher recruitment exam. Our B.Ed was incomplete and therefore, didn’t fetch us any points.”

When verified, the claims made by the student were found to be real. KU Admission Notification for B.Ed Programme (Distance Mode) Session 2015 was issued in October 2015 while the Selection Notification No. 01 for B.Ed Programme through Distance Mode (Session 2015) was issued in February 2016.

Another student, Aqib Sofi said, “I applied for B.Ed Programme in the University of Kashmir’s Education Department in 2015. As I choose to pursue the degree through Regular mode, I was hopeful to complete the degree in the stipulated two years only but my hopes were dashed.”

“Our 3rd-4th Semester examination concluded on 18th May 2018 but the gratuitous delay in declaring the results has marred our chances of applying for CTET or a M.Ed Programme in KU or Cluster University Srinagar,” the aggrieved student said.

Students enrolled in the varsity for the B.Ed Course 2015-2016 through Distance Mode also complained that they didn’t receive any study material for the 3rd-4th Semester even after submitting their examination forms.

When we raised the issue with a concerned official in the University’s Directorate of Distance Education, he made an inappropriate excuse. “There is some problem with the printers of the vendor who gets the books printed. Personally, I advise the students to start preparing for exams and stop bothering about the study material,” he said.

“Well! DDE is obliged to provide us the study material. If it’s not in a position to do so, we demand that the charges for study material be refunded forthwith,” said an agitated student.

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