Perturbed over the working of the basic and applied sciences department, which lost the answer sheets of the re-appear exam conducted on January 14, affected students boycotted classes and held a protests on the Punjabi University campus on Monday.
They also disrupted classes of the engineering departments. Students of other departments joined the protest as well and demanded action against the erring officials.
The protest erupted after the university authorities announced a fresh re-appear exam.
The department put up a notice on its notice board that read, “The department had conducted an internal reappear exam of applied mathematics (first semester) on January 14 but on January 15, the answer sheets were stolen.
The department had constituted a committee to investigate the same and the committee has decided to re-conduct the exam on February 9.”
The students are now demanding that the university should give them passing marks, as the answer sheets were lost because of the university’s negligence.
“It is the negligence of authorities. We can appear for the exam on such short notice. The university should give passing marks to all students, who appeared in exams,” the protestors said. The university authorities, however, said the demand of the students is unjustified as it is not feasible to pass all students.
Dr Sanjiv Puri admitted that the answer sheets had been stolen, but refused to give further details. He said that the matter is already with the higher authorities, who will take the final decision.