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Student passes subject without appearing for it

Last updated on: July 17, 2003 20:52 IST

It can't get more bizarre than this.

If one joins Punjab University, it appears, one can pass subjects without even taking the examination for it.

In a case of gross negligence, a final year student of Bachelor of Arts has been awarded marks in one of the subjects he never appeared for. 

Dinesh Mehta received a shock when he saw his marks certificate issued by the University on July 10, where he is shown to have passed a Punjabi elective paper for which he never appeared.

"I had appeared for one Punjabi and English (both compulsory) papers besides Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology, all elective subjects. Instead of awarding me marks for Political science, I have been shown to have passed the Punjab elective paper," Mehta said.

Not only this, the marks certificate has been issued without putting the dispatch date, the mandatory student registration number, and the signature of the dealing official on the marks certificate have also been given a go by.

When contacted, an official in the University's Controller of Examinations department while admitting the mistake, said that it could have been due to the university's transition from manual to computerised system of issuing of marks certificates.

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