Students with compartment result during a course (s) in 1st or 3rd semester exams in colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) are protesting the varsity's decision to deny them promotion to the 6th semester and withhold their 5th semester result.
The varsity's relevant rule, states, 'The students shall be promoted to the sixth semester only if he has passed all the papers of the first semester'.
Thirteen students of 5th semester at the SR Government College for Women, Amritsar, and students of several other colleges find themselves in this situation.
They have demanded that the university clarifies its stand and claim that students who drew compartment in the 2nd or 4th semester have been allowed to take the 6th semester classes.
"We had met Dr Renu Bharadwaj, professor, in-charge (examination) around 15 days ago and were assured that the matter would be taken up with V-C AS Brar. Our concern is that we will now get our next attempt at clearing the exam in December 2015 and are also not being allowed to complete the 6th semester.
We should be allowed to sit in sixth semester," said Komaljeet Kaur, a BSC (medical) student, claiming that re-appear could be given while studying.
"Other students from the Hindu College have also petitioned the V-C seeking increase in free attempts for re-appear. We have failed to clear the compartment exam twice. We doubt the varsity's checking," said Gagandeep Kaur , Kirandeep Kaur and Navpreet Kaur.
GNDU V-C AS Brar said, "Instead of doubting our checking system, students should start studying. For such students, re-evaluation remains an option and we can even show them their answer sheets on a specified payment. The system is transparent. Experts mark their papers and it is futile to doubt them."
He elaborated, "The semester is odd versus odd and even versus even. Students with compartment in 1st semester can try to clear it in 3rd and 5th semester and those with 2nd semester compartment can clear it in 4th or 6th semester. If such a student fails to clear the compartment, his/her degree would be withheld. Rules cannot be changed for non-performers and failures. Why can't they clear a compartment even after two attempts?"
Dr Renu Bharadwaj said, "The VC cannot violate the rules and ordinances which have been cleared by the syndicate or academic councils. Students must start preparing for re-appear in December as there is no way out for them."