Candidates who have appeared for the II PUC exam this year as ‘private candidates’ are likely to have things going in their favour this time as Bangalore University has decided to keep admissions open for them.
This would be a special consideration only for this academic year, according to university officials.
Last year, the degree admissions of private candidates was hanging by the thread as, in the middle of the academic year, the university said that they could not accommodate private candidates, as they did not technically qualify as ‘plus 2’.
According to regulations of UGC, “10+2” is the minimum requirement for degree. However, the PU department conducts only II PUC exam for private candidates, which the university has contended, is not “10+2” but only “10+1.”
Allotted identity cards
Last time, since the students had already enrolled in colleges and were allotted identity cards, the university was forced to allow them continue their course. The university had asked the Department of Pre-university Education to sort out the issue before the commencement of the academic year 2015-16. The PU department had written to the government, seeking its intervention in the matter.
The matter was also placed before vice chancellors of various universities and Minister of Higher Education R V Deshpande, at a recent meeting of the Karnataka State Higher Education Council.
However, it was observed in the meeting that there could be no decision taken unless the UGC gave a clarification on the issue.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Bangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda said the university had requested the government to write to the UGC and get a clarification.
“From our end, we had told the PU department that they could either give exams for private candidates for both years (I PU and II PU) or they could club the syllabi of both years of PUC into one exam.”