IN PICTURES: Police use force to break up student demonstration over ‘mass failure’

IN PICTURES: Police use force to break up student demonstration over ‘mass failure’

(Pictures by Zargar Zahoor)

Police Monday fired tear smoke shells to disperse students protesting against Kashmir University authorities for failing them “en masse” in examinations.

Students from several colleges assembled at the Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar and blocked the traffic, demanding they be given back the papers they had written for their first semester examinations last year, news agency PTI reported.

Police fired tear smoke shells at the students after they refused to disperse.

Talking to reporters, the students said they did not want re-evaluation or rechecking of their papers.

“We want to see our papers first. How can all the students fail? I think they have lost the answer sheets,” one of the students said.

Earlier, scores of students held a protest at the Press Enclave Srinagar over the issue.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Kashmir University said that the “poor results” were due to students not completing the formalities like filling the OMR answer sheet correctly.

“It is worthwhile to mention that the number of such candidates is more than 7,000. In order to resolve all these issues, it will take at least 15 days to correct and assess their OMR sheets and declare their results. The mistakes committed by the students on the OMR sheets can be seen on the sample copies of OMRs displayed on the university website,” the spokesperson said.

He said that the evaluation of answer scripts is exclusively done at the college-level.

“Lapses, if any, found on part of the invigilating or supervisory staff, shall be recommended for appropriate action under rules,” the spokesperson added.

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