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 (today).

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.

PU 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 paper.

On this, the students moved the LHC to order the university to implement the board's order. Daily times

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