Students who’ve applied for the LLM program at the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) took their entrance exams on April 28 and received their test results a month later. For them, the academic year started in October. Now, as the annual exams are approaching, they are collectively raising their voices for the most unusual reason - the University has still not provided faculty for certain subjects.
Students claim that even the start of the academic year was delayed for unknown reasons. Unlike their colleagues from other universities who’ve taken their first LLM classes in late summer, CUK students had to wait for the admission process to end in September. A couple of months later, they are still waiting for the University to arrange adequate faculty for a certain number of LLM subjects.
The problem is, students say, that the initial delay and current faculty deficiency will together amount to a longer academic year. CUK students can no longer plan their career steps, as they have no real knowledge of when they will be able to complete their Master of Laws classes and obtain LLM degrees. Despite all this, assignments and exams for certain subjects have already been scheduled.
“We approached the head of the Law department several times with our pleas in this regard have always fallen on deaf ears. Two months have passed since our classes started yet we don’t have proper faculty,” said a student. When asked about this unusual problem, Vice-Chancellor CUK, Professor Mehraj-ud-din Mir promised that CUK administration is adamantly working on a solution.