Petition on PU 'grace marks'
LAHORE, July 27: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on
Thursday issued notice to the Punjab University for August 3 on a petition filed
by students of the PU's Mass Communication Department seeking implementation of
the Board of Studies' order in which they were granted 25 grace marks in the
development journalism paper III.
Justice Syed Asghar Haider also ruled
that if the case was decided in the students' favour, the court order would not
be affected by the re-examination being held by PU on Friday
Through their counsel Shafiq Bhutta and Sarfaraz Cheema, the
petitioners Khurram Shahzad, Abdul Rehman, Athar Ahmed and Ali Masood said that
they had taken the development journalism papers III examination in 2006, but
most questions were found to be out of course. Because of this, all the students
decided to boycott the papers. However, Controller of Examination Prof Taqi
Zahid Butt intervened to avert the situation and the students called off boycott
when they were assured of 30 grace marks.
They said their teacher, Dr AR
Khalid, had also assured them of leniency in the checking of the papers.
However, in the announced result, 29 students failed in the paper while many
others complained that their positions had been affected, they said.
vice chancellor Arshad Mahmood, who is currently out of the country, had also
promised the students of granting them grace marks and had referred the matter
to an eight-member Board of Studies. The board decided the matter in the
students' favour saying that the students should be awarded 25 grace marks.
However, a couple of days ago, the PU acting VC refused to implement the board's
order and issued roll number slips to the students to reappear in the
On this, the students moved the LHC to order the university to
implement the board's order. Daily times