Hold inquiry into dispute involving Sector 26 college,HC tells PU V-C

The dispute is related to a letter dated May 27,2011 informing all colleges affiliated to PU about the introduction of the semester system.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: January 5, 2014 1:42 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued directions that the vice-chancellor of Panjab University hold an enquiry into a ‘dispute’ between the varsity and Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College in Sector 26,Chandigarh.

The dispute is related to a letter dated May 27,2011 informing all colleges affiliated to PU about the introduction of the semester system. While PU authorities,including the Registrar,have claimed in an affidavit that the university had sent the letter to the college,the principal of the college has denied receipt of the same on oath.

The letter assumed significance after PU refused to allow three MSc (Chemistry) students,enrolled with the college,to sit for the second semester. The university claimed that as per the letter,amended admission rules had been introduced.

According to these,50 percent marks in BSc Chemistry were mandatory for a student to seek admission in a PU affiliated college. Before the letter was issued,the college had enrolled students with a 50 percent aggregate in BSc.

The university took this stand after issuing roll numbers to the three students,checking their education certificates and BSc marks before allowing them to sit for the first semester of Msc.

Crying foul,the college petitioned the High Court in 2012,seeking directions for PU to allow the students to appear in the second semester and regularise their admission. The court had then issued directions to the effect.

While the petition remained pending,the students appeared in all four semesters subject to the final outcome of the petition. According to PU,the admission of the students cannot be regularised as they did not meet the revised norms. However,the college claims it never received the letter. In fact,the college principal,Dr Surjit Singh Randhawa,filed an affidavit saying the college did not receive the letter.

The students on the other hand argue their fate has been put in jeopardy for no fault of theirs.

Both PU and the college have conceded the students had not fabricated their documents at the time of admission. Meanwhile,the students asserted PU would not have allowed them to sit for the first semester had they not met the admission criteria.

Holding that cancellation of admission of the students,who have already appeared in all four semesters for MSc,will be ‘highly unreasonable’,the HC has directed Panjab University to declare the result (of all semesters) for the students ‘forthwith’ and to regularise their admission.

Further,to ‘find out the truth’ about the ‘disputed’ letter,Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain said,“This dispute on fact,calls for an enquiry for which the vice-chancellor of the university may,if so advised,constitute a committee to find out the truth and take necessary action,if required.”

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