PU told to settle grace marks issue with students
LAHORE, Sep 5: Justice Sayed Asghar Haider of the Lahore High Court (LHC)
has advised the Punjab University to settle the matter of awarding additional
marks to the students of the MA Development Journalism.
The judge asked
PU legal advisor Advocate Raja Arif if the PU did not settle the matter itself,
then the court would pass a judgment, which would set a precedent in this
The judge advised the PU vice chancellor not to play with the
future of the students and give them marks according to the decision of the
board of studies, University of the Punjab. The proceeding in the case would be
on September 7. The judge gave these observations in two identical petitions
filed by 29 students of the development journalism session 2004-2006. The
petitioners, Khuram Shehzad and others, submitted that they appeared in
development journalism papers III examination 2006, but they boycotted the paper
because most of the questions were out of course.
Professor Taqi Zahid Butt, the controller examination, assured the students they
would be given 30 grace marks, but the university failed to honour its
commitment. They submitted the matter was referred to the board of studies
(BoS), which allowed 25 additional marks to all the students. But the VC refused
to accept BoS's recommendations, they said.
Earlier, the legal advisor
admitted that the paper was out of course. The court asked Raja that it could
not understand that the vice chancellor had himself referred the matter to the
BoS, but was denying its recommendations. The judge asked that what was the
qualification of the vice chancellor. At this, Sarfaraz Cheema, the petitioners'
counsel, submitted that the VC was an FA. The court said what did that mean.
Cheema said that the VC was a retired army officer and his qualification was FA. Daily times
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