LAHORE - An assistant professor and controller examinations of the Lahore College for Women University have been found tempering marks of some students of BS–Hons Economics as a probe committee has recommended “appropriate action against the culprits”.

The marks increasing incident to pass some special students and the probe body report have made the entire evaluation and degree awarding status of the famous public sector university a dubious one.

The lack of transparency in examination system of LCWU was pointed out by one of the examiners of the Economics department, say official sources in the varsity.

On refusal of the teacher concerned to pass a student who had failed in regular examination, the varsity’s controller allowed re-sit, special re-sit and then summer semester. On the student’s failure each time, the controller office was involved to pull up the student at every cost. The controller confessed the same in her statement before the probe committee.

A lecturer of Economics department Sajida Wajid had written a letter to the VC on June 12 that a probe into a matter relating to examinations be conducted. Some of the students of the leading institution had also made such complaints to the VC.

“I have submitted the result of BS-IV, semester VIII of special re-sit 2015 to office of controller of exams and marked all the answers. Then on the request of the acting controller, Dr Tahira Mughal, I submitted the answer sheets to the controller office.” Mrs Wajid wrote. Then, I came to know the answer books were re-evaluated or rechecked through some other faculty member of the department.

“Is it a legal way to re-evaluate the already checked answer sheets from any other faculty member of the same department other than the teacher concerned,” she questioned in the letter to the VC.

The re-assessed answer sheets of the failed students are also available with The Nation.

Taking note of the incident regarding alteration/change of marks of some candidates in the office of Controller of Exams, the former vice chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor, constituted a committee. Dr Bushra Khan, In-charge faculty of Natural Sciences as convener while Dr Tahira Buttar In-charge Engineering and Dr Farah Khan, HOD Botany as members. The committee was directed to thoroughly investigate the matter and fix the responsibility of those involved in the malpractice.

The probe body in its report also available with this paper concluded that the committee are of the unanimous opinion that university’s examination system regulations since sacrosanct to be observed dutifully and lack of knowledge or non-implementation or transgression by the Controller of Examination, are bound to create academic chaos and discredit the university.

The committee further wrote that “the controller of examination has transgressed her authority, violated the examination regulations”. It added “same is the case with Ms Tayyaba Rizvi, Assistant Professor, and Economics Department.”

Besides giving such recommendations, the committee clarified that before parting with the case under references, it may be pointed out that there is no concept of re-evaluation in entire examination regulations.

The VC after the probe committee submitted its report in her office wrote to the Controller Dr Tahira Mughal. As per findings of the committee that procedure of rechecking or reassessment is not according to the HEC or university rules. The letter also draws attention that the examination scripts are rechecked without permission of the competent authority, the VC. The consent of the Dean should also be taken in future, the VC stressed.

The minutes of the probe committee also available with this paper show that the Controller Dr Tahira Mughal had accepted her negligence in the tempering issue and sought excuse for it.

A senior officer of the LCWU conditioning anonymity told this paper that the committee members are being pressurised to hush up the tempering case. Majority of the faculty members, parents and the scholars are worried on such tempering incidents surfaced in the examination system, he held adding the reputation of the prestigious educational institution was at stake.

When the key troika the registrar, the controller and the treasurer are not appointed permanently how one could expect good out of these offices, he questioned. He also told that there was a poor criterion for selection and promotion of the staff and faculty members.

Muhammad Khalid, father of a BS student at LCWU, also showed serious concern over sad state of affairs of the university. He demanded of the government to probe into the allegations of tempering of examination result just to favor some students.

He said, he along with other parents, would file a complaint with the Secretary Higher Education department about the tempering cases, plummeting education standards besides beseeching a thorough probe into the varsity’s examination system.

The government, he demanded, should appoint a permanent VC besides making permanent appoints on key slots like the registrar, treasurer and the controller to restore the status of the varsity.

For official version of the Controller or the VC, a request was forwarded on the LCWU PRO but he was not available.