PU MA English Part-I question in Part-II exam

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LAHORE:A MISTAKE by a Punjab University (PU) paper-setter has put future of hundreds of students at stake besides exposing “performance” of the university’s examination department.

The students appearing in the Punjab University’s ongoing MA English Part-II Examination were shocked to notice a question related to Part-I syllabus in the paper of Novel on Thursday.

The students as per the prevailing pattern were given a total of seven questions to attempt any of the four questions all carrying equal 25 marks. But since one of the questions was irrelevant, the student had no option but to select four questions out of six.

The out-of-course question was basically from subject of American Literature taught in Part-I level of the PU MA English programme. The question reads “Jazz is a novel that focuses on human relationships and their dynamics rather than the concept of slavery. Discuss this observation.” A number of students talking to The News expressed strong concerns and resentment over the mistake, saying it had actually robbed them of their choice to attempt the paper in a proper manner. They said they were confused as to how they could attempt a question relating to MA English Part-I.

A faculty member from one of the PU-affiliated colleges while commenting over the issue said that technically, the students could not attempt the said question though most of them had read the novel, Jazz.

“Now these students are in Part-II and how could they be examined regarding syllabus of Part-I which they have already passed?,” he questioned while seeking anonymity.

He was also critical of the Punjab University examination department, saying that those at the helm must wake up and assign the duties of paper-making to those who had proper understanding of the syllabus.

“For me, this is not just a lapse, but a blunder,” the angry teacher went on to say.

It is pertinent to mention here that the out-of-syllabus questions have become almost a common phenomenon at the Punjab University. Last year, the PU had awarded 25 grace marks to BCom Part-II students for the paper of Advance Financial Accounting which was held on June 11, 2010 as the students had strongly protested against out-of-syllabus question paper.

When contacted, PU controller of examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali said he was unaware of the situation. He, however, said it was a responsibility of Board of Studies concerned to determine whether a paper was out of syllabus or not. He said usually if out-of-syllabus paper was confirmed by the Board of Studies, the students were compensated.The news.