Varsity restores grace marks

Varsity restores grace marks

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 The University’s Academic Council decided to restore the grace marks taken away from them arbitrarily.

Students of third semester PG and integrated courses, who were initially given grace marks to pass examinations, were surprised to find that the marks had been withdrawn later. The mix-up over grace marks occurred partly due to a delay in approval from the Governor of the new rule, but largely due to bungling by the varsity.

Addressing the Council, Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev accepted that there had been a mistake on part of the university. “In a university of this size, sometimes these things happen, and we are trying to rectify the situation. We will ensure that this will not happen again”, he said.

The Academic Council, in November 2010, had decided to abolish the grace marks system.
However, with the ordinance pending with the Governor, the grace mark rule was withdrawn only by January 2011. Dev said that there was some miscommunication on the withdrawal, and as a result, grace marks had been awarded to MBA and MCA students.

Students were relieved to learn that the Council had agreed to restore the grace marks, and hailed the V-C’s decision. “I am grateful to the University for approving this”, said a student, waiting outside the meeting hall.

The University will now apply the ‘No Grace Marks’ rule from the academic year 2011-12,  pending approval of the Chancellor.

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