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The situation of Kashmir’s Student during Lockdown

The revocation of article 370 caused many problems for the student community.  The immediate shut down of telephone lines and the internet made a severe impact on their education

Source: DNA India

A place known for its beauty and tourism has now been converted into a barren. No month comes to an end in Kashmir without the reports of loss of life, either civilian or militant. The situation of Kashmir started to worsen more when the BJP government scrapped article 370. The abrogation of the article created a lot of fuss in the valley. Months of lockdown, blackout of telephone line and internet shutdown was now the new life people were living in Kashmir.

The revocation of article 370 caused many problems for the student community.  The immediate shut down of telephone lines and the internet made a severe impact on their education.  After months of struggle people living in the valley have now been granted with 2G internet service.

However, the frequent suspension of 2G internet service has caused tremendous problems for college and university students. Due to a major spiral in COVID19 cases, students across the nation were forced to take online classes.

Students in the valley are already suffering from the slow speed of internet. However, their helplessness increase whenever a gunfight starts in a particular district leaving the examination schedule in chaos.

A student studying in Islamia College of Science and Commerce in Srinagar said “I woke up on Sunday and found there was no internet service on my phone as an encounter had started in the Zadibal area of the city. I got really worried, my internal exam was scheduled which was to be held online for the day”.  Later the boy came to know about the postponement of the exam.

Another computer science student at the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Pulwama district said “Their internal viva exams were going on Thursday when the internet suddenly snapped. Three students managed to give their viva exams when suddenly the teachers became offline. We were around 80 students waiting for our turn. The whole schedule got disrupted as the internet was restored on Saturday and they had to appear for exams once again”.

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