In what could be termed as the bizarre grading system, students of BRA Bihar University (BRABU), who had opted for psychology as one of their subjects for graduation course under the distance education programme, were shocked to see their BA part 1 results.
While marks for psychology are missing on their marksheets, they have been declared 'pass' in ancient Indian history - with scores ranging between 56 and 60 marks in the paper they never appeared.
What is more surprising is the double whammy the hapless students are now facing with the BRABU's directorate of distance education (DDE) refusing to admit them to the BA part2 course due to the "faulty" marksheet.
Manoj Kumar of Motihari, who is among the many victims in East and West Champaran districts, said their fate now hung in the balance due to the sheer negligence of BRABU authorities.
"We had appeared in the psychology paper, but our marksheet does not reflect this. Instead, it shows that we cleared examination in a subject, for which we never sat in. This is like playing with our fate," he said.
Sources in the DDE said, the department had earlier allowed the part1 students to take psychology as a subsidiary subject in graduation part 1.
It was only after they realized that psychology was not approved for distance education programme, as it involved practical examination, that they tried to cover up the goof up by changing the subject's name in the marksheet.
BRABU vice chancellor Vivekanand Shukla said he was looking into the matter. "We are enquiring from the examination controller. It is unfair, if such a thing has happened," he said.