The Sindh’s Universities and Boards Department in a letter has requested the federal secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to bar the University of Punjab from the cancelation of admissions of the students belong to Sindh.

In the letter, the secretary Universities and Boards Department Dr Mansoor Abbas Rizvi said that the University of Punjab has issued a letter on November 30 regarding the cancellation of the admissions of students who graduated from the boards of intermediate & secondary education of Sindh. The students had secured admissions in undergraduate programs 2021. However, the PU has rejected their admission on the basis of late announcement of results.

Rizvi in the letter writes; “I would further like to highlight the issue of Pandemic Covid-19 whereby the examinations, which were earlier conducted in the month of April every year, were dragged to the month of July 2021 as most of the lime during the session academic activities remained suspended or carried out on 50% attendance on rotation basis”.

The same SOPs of 50% attendance were adopted by the education boards in the process of assessment of the internal scrutiny which also contributed towards some delay in preparation and declaration of results.

The secretary has mentioned the decision taken in the meeting of the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination where the issues of late conduct of examinations in Sindh and declaration of results was discussed and brought into the knowledge of the authorities of all the provinces. “It may further be added that the Government of Sindh has been facilitating the students of other provinces in their admission, academic activities and other matters to its best and reiterate that the same coordination would also continue in future as well”.

Accordingly reciprocal response is expected from the other provinces in the best interest of education especially the students whose career is at stake for no fault on their part. The Secretary Sindh Boards Committee of Chairmen has also written a letter to Registrar, University of the Punjab on the subject matter and highlighted the issue and constraints with same request.

“It is therefore requested that University of Punjab and other universities of the country may be appraised and advised not to cancel the admissions of those students who be allowed admission provisionally on the ground of late declaration of results”.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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