Gross mismanagement in PTU: Info panel
Passing strictures against Punjab Technical University (PTU) for gross mismanagement in its examination branch, Punjab State Information Commission has ordered the former to supply detailed-marks card (DMC) and degree to an MBA student within 10 days.Updated: Aug 11, 2013 18:02 IST
Passing strictures against Punjab Technical University (PTU) for gross mismanagement in its examination branch, Punjab State Information Commission has ordered the former to supply detailed-marks card (DMC) and degree to an MBA student within 10 days.
The student sat an examination twice but received none of the two results in two years. Information commissioner Satinder Pal Singh has also asked the public information officer (PIO) of the PTU registrar's office to show why Rs 25,000 as penalty should not be imposed on him for his failing to supply requisite information to Jaipur's Sumit Uniyal under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The student had applied for the details more than 10 month ago. Besides, the PIO would have to answer why a compensation of Rs 25,000 should not be awarded to the student.
There was gross mismanagement in the PTU, held the commission, adding that it had led the student to suffer for two years for no fault of his. Uniyal said over telephone from Jaipur that in 2009, he had joined the MBA (finance and accounts) programme at IILM Business School, PTU's distance education regional centre in Delhi, and in September 2011, sat the final-semester examinations. The university, however, did not declare the result for the product and brand management paper.
"After waiting for several months, I preferred to sit the reappear examination in March 2012. I cleared it with 33 marks out of 75 but the university has not issued me the DMC and degree till date," Uniyal alleged, adding that the PTU officials had also forced him to fetch examination attendance record from the regional centre in Delhi to be able to collect the September 2011 examination result. "Is this the way to run the examination system of a university? Can a student be harassed for officials' failing to supply the examination attendance record in time?" he questioned.
On September 30, 2012, Uniyal filed an RTI application to seek the result but still did not get the information, so he moved the commission. "Acting against rules, the university had destroyed answer-sheets from the September 2011 test even without declaring the result. The PTU website still shows the result not declared," said Uniyal.
"I procured attested photocopies of answer sheet for March 2012 reappear examination but on the PTU website, my roll number was mentioned as incorrect. Where shall I go now after sitting the examination twice and not even once getting the result in two years?" the student rued.
The university submitted before the commission that it had destroyed the answer sheet from the September 2011 examination six months after results.
"The document was signed on August 6, a day before commission's hearing, to show that Uniyal's result had been declared. However, it is clear that the student has received neither his degree nor the DMC, so far. There is gross mismanagement in the PTU, for which the appellant has suffered," the commission held.
Since the result is shown to be declared, the PTU should handover the DMC and degree to Uniyal within 10 days of the order, the commission further held, also asking the PIO to attend the next hearing on September 12.