The J&K College Teachers Association has expressed serious concern over the unprecedented delay in the completion of degree courses at under graduate level.
In a statement here the CTA president Prof Tariq Ashai said that present semester system in degree colleges of the Kashmir division is proving to be a “biggest impediment” in completion of the degrees thus depriving the students of the opportunities to pursue higher education.
He said the semester system in Kashmir division has completely failed due to the unfavourable climatic conditions and other unavoidable circumstances, as a result of which there is increase in the dropout rate, lack of interest amongst the student’s community could have far reaching consequences.
Prof Ashai said under present semester system, only one semester is completed in a year. “If this trend continues, the degree which is supposed to be completed in three years would be completed in 6 years thus putting the students of the region to a disadvantageous position in comparison to the students studying in other parts of the country.
The College Teachers Associations on the basis of feedback from various stakeholders has recommended that present semester system in Kashmir division be replaced by the annual system of examination in the larger interest of student community, Prof Ashai said.
He requested the Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Education minister Altaf Bukhari to take cognizance of this serious matter and impress upon the Vice Chancellors of Kashmir University and Cluster University to look into the matter and replace the present semester system by the annual examination system at under graduate level.