Timing fixed as per UGC guidelines: Official
by Sualiha Zubair
Srinagar, March : Students from the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora have demanded rescheduling of the university timing for the holy month of Ramadhan.
According to them, the closing time of the university is 5 pm, and the students from far-off areas reach home after Iftar.
“I reach home at 7:30 pm due to which I miss my Iftar at home. We are left with no option but to stop the buses midway and break our fast on road,” a student from Ganderbal told Rising Kashmir.
“It is unfortunate that even after repeated requests, the university administration has not changed the timing for this month,” said another student.
The students have been urging the administration to take note of the current situation and revise the timing so that everybody is home before Iftar.
“The purpose of university buses is to ensure the safety of students. However, those from the outskirts of Srinagar reach home very late. So there is no point boarding a university bus,” said Ifra (name changed), adding, “While other universities in Kashmir have a favourable timing, IUST happens to be an exception.”
Another female student from Srinagar’s Soura said the problem has worsened in the holy month. “I reach home when it is dark,” she said.
The issue does not concern only students but the teaching and non-teaching faculty as well.
Secretary to Vice Chancellor IUST, Javaid Ahmad told Rising Kashmir that the university timings have been fixed as per the UGC guidelines and it is “tough” to make any changes.
He, however, assured of taking the matter with the university administration and addressing it at the earliest. (Rising Kashmir)
Except possibility of morning showers, hot and dry weather to continue in J&K: MeT
Srinagar, Sept 15(GNS): The weatherman on Friday forecast “hot and dry” weather to continue in Jammu and Kashmir for a week ahead.
According to a meteorological department official, light to moderate rain and thunderstorm occurred at scattered places of J&K .
“Except brief spell of morning rain, weather is very likely to remain hot and dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours,” the official told GNS, adding, “Day temperature was likely to remain 1-2°C lower than yesterday.”
Regarding the forecast from September 16-22, he said, the weather was mainly going to be hot and dry but a brief spell of rain at isolated to scattered places of J&K cannot be ruled out.
“Due to absence of any strong Western Disturbance or Monsoon Current over J&K, there’s no forecast of major rain for a week, at least.”(GNS)
Budgam duo on Scooty die on spot after being hit by a Sumo
Baramulla, Sep 12, KNT: Two persons, one who was driving the Scooty and the pillion rider died on the spot after being hit by a speeding Sumo in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The mishap took place in Hairath Singhpora area of Pattan.
Sources told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that a Sumo (JK15-0782) hit a Scooty ( JK04-E4493). The driver of the Scooty and pillion rider died on the spot. They said both were taken to hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
The deceased have been identified as Faizian Mushtaq Ganai of Chandakot Bala Magam and Riyaz Sajad Mala, a resident of Yagipora Magam.
Police seized the Sumo, arrested driver and registered a case under relevant sections of law. [KNT]
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