Mishandling Examination: Students ransack SKIMS Auditorium and Old Library Block

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Srinagar: Hundreds of students who were supposed to appear in B.Sc. Nursing Technology Courses Entrance Examination Session 2014, resorted to violence after the medical faculty of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura fell short of examination papers and failed to provide the same to 2681 candidates.
Sources told CNS that SKIMS Medical Faculty conducted examination for B.Sc. Nursing Technology Course students on October 19 in two blocks, viz Auditorium and Old Library Block. Facing all odds all but 3114 aspirants reached SKIMS to appear in the examination. However, to their surprise, only 433 students were provided examination papers while rest of the students sat on the desks without question papers.
Reports said that the non-availability of question papers infuriated candidates and amid anti-Director and anti-examination Superintendent slogans, they resorted to violence and ransacked the furniture and other items of the examination halls.
“The students smashed the windowpanes and tried to set furniture on fire, however, the timely intervention of policemen from Soura Police Station who arrived in the hospital on the request of examination faculty controlled the situation from getting deteriorated”, a candidate told CNS who wished not to be named. He added that police detained several students who were later on released after the situation normalized.
Reports said that Director SKIMS was not present in the Institute at that time. Sources said that on the directions of Director all the ransacked material was removed during late night hours.
An official in the SKIMS admitted the ‘inaccuracy’ on part of examination faculty told CNS that soon after the incident the SKIMS through a notification postponed the said paper.
When contacted, Director SKIMS Dr Showkat Zargar said that it is an immaterial issue for him. “There are many more important issues in the Institute that I have to take care of. For me it is not an issue,” he said.
(CNS)

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