IOK students boycott exams, hold protests


Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, students of polytechnic engineering today staged massive protests against the Board of Technical Education (BOTE) for holding examinations of 6th semester students.
BOTE had issued official dates for 6th semester exams two weeks ago on its website and asked the students to appear in the exams, beginning October 17. However, the students had opposed the department move saying they were not prepared for the exams in view of prevailing uprising in Kashmir. “We don’t have transport facilities and going out for exams as there is no safety of students in the prevailing situation,” a group of students told media.
Despite the opposition by students, the department decided to go ahead with its decision resulting in massive protests by students. The students from different districts reached their examination centre in Women’s Polytechnic College Bemina, today, but boycotted the exams.
“It is totally illogical to conduct exams in the prevailing situation. We are not prepared for exams. Students can’t reach their exam centres in absence of transport facilities,” the protesting students said. The students blocked the Bemina Bypass to press for their demands.—KMS