Revising the existing examination structure of under-graduate courses, Panjab University (PU) has decided to implement uniform passing parks in BA,BSc, BCom, BCA and BBA courses in colleges affiliated with the university. The university has decided to revamp the existing structure under which a student had to secure different passing marks in different semester of the same course.
Variation in regulation
The issue came to light when the varsity announced the results of BCom first and second semesters on the basis of the existing pattern of passing marks. As per the existing framework, a student had to secure 35% marks to pass each examination in the first semester while the passing percentage was 40% in the second semester.
A committee was constituted under the dean university instructions (DUI) prof AK Bhandari to review the ongoing semester system at the under-graduate level. The committee recommended the implementation of uniformity in the regulations and passing marks of each course. Member of the committee, senator Dalip Kuma, said there should be uniformity in regulation of all the undergraduate courses-BA, BSc, BCom, BBA and BCA and that there should be no difference in the passing marks. Another member of the committee, senator Kuldeep Singh, said any disparity in the passing criteria might land the varsity in legal complications and could also affect the overall percentage of a student.
The committee resolved in its meeting held on July 30 that in BCom, BCA and BBA courses a student should get 35% in marks in theory and 20% in internal assessment to the clear the exam. If a student fails to clear 50% of the papers up to the second or fourth semester, then he/she will not be promoted to the third or fifth semester respectively.
The committee also decided that if a student failed in the annual system of BCom, BCA or BBA courses then the student’s college should first seek approval from the university before giving the student admission under the semester system by creating additional seats.
The committee also opined in favour of allowing those students BA/BSc students who had failed or were absent on the day of their practical exam, to appear in both theory and practical examination along with the students giving the re-appear exam.
Reservation to grandchildren of 1984 riots, terror attack victims
Amending its existing regulations pertaining to reservation, Panjab University (PU) has decided to extend a 2% reservation to the grandchildren of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and terrorist violence in Punjab. The seats were only reserved for the children of the victims under the existing guidelines. A committee under dean university instructions (DUI) prof AK Bhandari was formed after a notification was brought out by the Punjab government which extended the benefit of reservation to the grandchildren of the victims.
The committee, in its meeting held on August 3, resolved for extending the benefit to the grandchildren too. The meeting resolved that vice chancellor may approve the amendment in anticipation of the approval of syndicate for admission for the current session, 2015-16. For admission under the category, a certificate from the District Magistrate to the effect must be submitted by the candidate.
The minutes of the meeting added that to extend or implement this decision a fresh admission notice, giving at least one week’s time from the date of notification be given so that the prospective candidates ,who could not apply earlier, could now apply.
Also, the reservation will be extended only in those cases where the seats are lying vacant under the category for the current session.