LAHORE - About 260 students of BA and BSc Honour Programme 2008-12 have been declared 'ineligible' to appear in their first semester examination for not fulfilling the required attendance rate fixed by the Government College University administration. Sources in GCU told scribe on Monday that 1,117 students got admission in the said programme and more than 260 students were dropped on the pretext that their attendance rate was below the required 80 per cent which was must to appear in the examination. As per the notification issued by the GCU administration, the students who could not fulfill the required percentage lectures in more than two courses are 'ineligible' to appear in exams and they may seek re-admission in the session 2009-13. The second part of the notification speaks, "beside these 260 educatees, all other students who have not fulfilled minimum attendance requirement in one or two courses will reappear in respective courses in the summer semester June-July 2009. When contacted GCU Registrar, Sahibzada Faisal Khursheed said out of these 260 students, 66 fall in the category of low attendance in one or two courses and now they have no other option except to reappear in Jun/July 2009 while the same number of students have been given go ahead after removal of minor objections and all the rest of students were found absent from the classes for the last two to three months, which reflected that they have not got admission in engineering, medical and other professional courses. GCU Registrar further said as they have paid fees therefore university was bound to declare their status. He said, "we have not expelled them rather they have been given chance to improve their performance." It is worth mentioning that in the recent past GCU administration has also declared its 57 students of BA and BSc (Honours) academic year-II semester-III session (2007-2011) "disqualified" to sit for final examination 2009 due to three reasons - lack of attendance, non-payment of fees and those who have left the university. A student seeking anonymity said eligibility can not be defined in general terms. One who is eligible in one academic institution may not be so in another. Academic eligibility, in fact, varies in different institutions. The registrar said that the said system was not new but it was introduced in 2004 four years back. National Talent Scholarship result announced The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore has announced the result of Intermediate National Talent Scholarship annual examination 2008. As many as 26 in pre-medical group boys and girls, 22 in pre engineering, 12 in General Science, 27 in commerce and 74 in Arts group were declared successful.