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Srinagar, Oct 30 (UNI) Seeking the help of the civil society to help in creating conducive academic atmosphere in the institutions of learning, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra expressed grave concern over the irreparable loss suffered by students due to recent disturbances.

He exhorted teachers to put in extra time for enabling the students to complete the prescribed curriculum.

Interacting with a deputation of the Kashmir University Teachers Association, led by Dr M I Mattoo, during his public hearing this morning, Mr Vohra said the careers of students cannot be allowed to be jeopardized as a result of the frequent hartals and bandhs.

He called upon the civil society to help in creating conducive academic atmosphere in the institutions of learning, as the future of whole generation was at stake.

He said the teaching community, as also the parents have an onerous responsibility in guiding and shaping the destiny of the youth.

The deputation apprised the Governor that extra classes were being taken even on holidays to make good the loss which has already been suffered.

The deputation also put-forth their problems faced by the faculty and demanded implementation of the UGC Pay Commission Report in toto.

The Kashmir University (KU) has recently appealed to state administration to spare the teaching and non-teaching staff from assembly election duty as the university examinations will start from November 15, two days before the first phase of polling in ten Assembly segments.

However, there would be no examinations of any class on the polling days, the KU has said in a communication to authorities.

The university authorities had written a letter to authorities requesting them not to deploy KU teaching and non-teaching staff on poll duty. Deployment of KU staff will badly hit the examination schedule, the letter said.

The examinations of different classes will start from November 15 and will be completed in the first week of January next year.

The authorities have, however, directed the teaching and non-teaching staff of almost all colleges affiliated with KU to report in their respective Deputy Commissioners office for poll training.

The teaching staff and students said it was a deliberate attempt to play with the academic career of the students, who have already lost three months during Shri Amarnath Shrine land row.


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