Govt introduces ‘Uniform Academic Calendar’ for Kashmir, Jammu schools

Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, Aug 31: The Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir today introduced Uniform Academic Calendar for the Schools in Kashmir and Jammu regions.
Principal Secretary to the Government, Alok Kumar in an order issued today said that on the basis of recommendations of the Committee constituted on April 30, 2022, vide Govt order No. 287-Edu of 2022, the sanction has been accorded to the operationalization of ” Uniform Academic Calendar” in the UT of J&K from the current academic session.
With this, the academic session for the students of class 10th and 12th in Kashmir has been shifted to March Session, in accordance with the National Education Policy. The committee recommended that the theory examination in the UT of J&K be conducted from Ist week of March as per the present Academic calendar of Jammu Summer Zone (except in difficult areas of Jammu region) and some areas of Kashmir region,” the order read.
It further said that the examination in these difficult areas shall be delayed and held from the 2nd week of April as per the calendar proposed when these areas are fully accessible and the delivery of the examination stationary and confidential material is ensured.
“Even though if examination in these difficult areas shall be conducted separately, the result of these examinations can be declared simultaneously, as although the difficult areas constitute approx. 30-35% of the area of the UT, the total number of students from these areas is not more than approx. 10-12%, since the areas are sparsely populated and the evaluation of Answer Scripts shall take less time,” the order said.
According to the ‘Uniform Academic Calendar’, the students who appear in Class 10th and 11th examinations shall be provisionally admitted in Class 11th and 12th respectively, after the conclusion of the Board examination.
“Students, who are declared unsuccessful in the results, shall be permitted to continue their studies in Class 11th and 12th till the result of the Biannual/Annual Private examination are declared. In respect of the candidates who fail to pass the Bi-annual examination, provisional admission shall be canceled,” the order read.
J&K Board of School Education shall restructure the examination schedule from Classes 10th to 12th as under Annual (Regular) examination of Jammu Division/Kashmir Division excluding hard zones/areas shall be held in March. The Annual (Regular) examination of hard zones/areas of Jammu Division and Kashmir Division/Union Territory of Ladakh shall be held in April.
However, the result of the Annual (Regular) examination of the Jammu Division/ Kashmir Division including hard zones/areas and Union territory of Ladakh shall be declared in June.
The Annual Private/Bi-annual examination in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir/ Union Territory of Ladakh shall be held in August and its result shall be declared in October. The J&K Board of School Education shall issue a detailed examination schedule including the schedule for submission of the application form.
The J&K Board of School Education has been directed to notify the list of hard zones/difficult areas separately. The other schedules like Registration, renewal of Registration, Migration, Inter-School Migration, Eligibility, Subject change, etc shall also be notified separately by the J&K Board of School Education.
“The above examination schedule shall be applicable with immediate effect from the current session,” the order read.