Punjabi University, Patiala, has announced that it will now allow male students to appear for private exams in Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs. This decision comes after the university initially restricted private exams to female students.
Under the university’s regulations, students applying for BA programs must achieve a minimum of 35% in each subject to pass their exams. Private students are not subject to internal assessments and cannot enroll in practical subjects. Examinations for private BA Part-1 students will take place exclusively at colleges or affiliated institutions within the university’s jurisdiction.
The university’s jurisdiction covers areas such as Barnala, Bathinda, Faridkot, Mansa, Mohali, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Malerkotla districts. Only students from these regions can enroll in MA private courses at the university, which are available in subjects such as Punjabi, Defence Studies, Sanskrit, Urdu, and Persian.
Previously, Punjabi University faced challenges in its admission process for the Centre for Distance and Online Education due to a failure to obtain approval from the Distance Education Bureau (DEB). This failure led to a delay in admitting new students to its UGC-approved distance education programs. Despite seeking legal recourse through the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the university was unable to resolve the issue related to DEB recognition.
The decision to allow male students to take private exams in MA and BA programs represents a change in the university’s policies and aims to provide equal educational opportunities to all students, regardless of gender.
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