PTU Postpones Distance Education Exams

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PTU Postpones Distance Education Exams


Jalandhar, March 14 -- A Delhi court on Thursday forbidden Punjab Technical University (PTU) to conduct final examinations of distance education courses.

Nearly 1.40 lakh students were slated to partake exams beginning Friday, which are now postponed throughout the country till further orders.

A student had moved Delhi court alleging that PTU had failed to announce results of September 2012 exams till date and the university did not even have mandatory permission of the Distance Education Council (DEC) to run these courses, following which he had sought stay on exam process.

While taking up the case of Amrendra Kumar versus SD Education Society and others, the Delhi's additional district judge Ajay Goel, in his five pages order, said that the surprising fact is that result of first semester has not been declared so far and there was no Delhi Education Council (DEC) recognition as on date to enable the university to run these courses.

"Hence, in these circumstances any examination to be held by the PTU will be nullity. Balance of convenience lies in favour of the applicant. The PTU is hereby restrained from conducting any examination till next date of hearing on March 18 as whole purpose of filing the suit will be frustrated, if ex-parte injunction is not granted," the court ordered.

When contacted Amanpreet Singh, controller of examination (distance education programme) PTU, confirmed that the regular and reappear exams for all streams under distance education mode, earlier scheduled to start from March 15, were postponed till further orders following a stay granted by a Delhi court in this regard.

The student Amrendra Kumar took admission in masters in computer applications (MCA) course last year after the PTU confirmed that it had requisite approvals and permissions of the statuary authorities to run such courses.

Kumar said he appeared for first semester exams in September 2012.

"The PTU has now directed thousands of students to appear for second semester exams without declaring results of the first semester exams. …

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