PU journalism students get grace marks
LAHORE, June 28(Daily Times): The Punjab University's (PU) Board of Studies announced 25
grace marks to the 58 examinees of Development Journalism, in which 29 students,
who were working journalists, had failed, said official sources on Tuesday.
The examinees claimed at the exam time that the test was made out of
questions that deviated from the course they were taught, and they boycotted the
Examinations controller of PU Professor Taqi Zahid Butt at the time
promised that if the students took the exam, the Examination Branch would act
against the examiner and grant 30 additional marks to each student. They wrote
the exam and when the results were announced that 29 people had failed, the
students filed an application against the examiner with the VC and went on
strike at the VC's office. The VC approved the application and forwarded it to
the Board of Studies.
Dean of Behavioural Sciences Dr Mugheesuddin
Sheikh said that it was found that two of the questions were
completely irrelevant to the course outline, hence the board decided to grant 25
marks to the examinees. An official source said Dr Abdul Rehman Khalid did not
send an internally made question paper to Prof Dr Rubina (of the Economics
Department), the external examiner, in line with the rules. She had to set the
paper by herself, the source said.
Dr Khalid was acting chairman, as Dr
Mugheesuddin was not in the country.