HP University revises pass percentage mark after mass failure

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Himachal Pradesh University on Wednesday revised its pass percentage mark after mass failure of students in their first semester examination held in December 2015 by deciding to clear those who secured an overall aggregate of 45%.

Earlier it was made mandatory that students secure 45% marks separately in both internal and external examinations and also in aggregate that resulted in mass failures.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor ADN Bajpai and attended by principal secretary (education), director higher education, pro vice chancellor, EC member, MLA Bamber Thakur and dean of studies, dean of planning registrar and controller of examination.

The meeting discussed the report of the high-powered committee and accepted its recommendation that the pass percentage for both internal and external examination be lowered to 35% with 45 per cent aggregate marks from next year onward.

The meeting further directed the authorities concerned to issue notification in this regard and ensure that revised results are declared by September 17.

The vice chancellor had asserted on Tuesday that there was no fault on the part of the University and attributed the poor results to bad performance of students and said the failed pupils would have to reappear for exams.

The University had raised the minimum pass marks in both internal and external examination separately to 45% from previous 35% and an aggregate of 45% marks which resulted in large scale failures, breeding unrest in colleges.

The criteria of internal and external examination marks was also changed from 50:50 to 30:70, which also contributed to high rate of failures.