The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that a PU syndicate amendment would be applicable from whenever it is carried out in the handbook of information. The HC also dismissed PU's argument that conditions mentioned in the handbook of information at the time of admission should be considered.
A student of first year in the five-year law course in the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) needed to pass in six out of 12 subjects to get promoted to second year but he could pass just two in first semester and none in second semester out of 6.
He got admitted in UILS in July-August 2013. At that time, as per handbook of information-2013, a student had to secure 45% marks in theory and internal assessment separately.
He applied for revaluation the result of which came on July 24, 2014. But before that, on May 18, 2014, the syndicate amended the rule by which a student has to secure 45% marks in theory and internal assessment jointly.
On the other hand, PU argued that rules contained in the handbook of information-2013 would be applicable to the admission of the petitioner in so far as the exams of first and second semesters are concerned and the date of declaration of re-evaluation result would have no effect on it.
The high court observed that if the amended rule is used, then the student shall be considered as pass in a paper if he/she has secured 45 % marks in both theory and the internal assessment separately.
With 1% grace marks as applicable under rule 28.1 (a) of Panjab University Calendar Volume 2 2007, the student would have been able to make up the deficiency in four subjects.
The high court ruled in view of the university that amended rule would be applicable to the next session couldn't be accepted because the amendment had been carried out in the handbook of information before the declaration of result.