PESHAWAR - Expressing grave concern over their results, students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Monday demanded of the university administration to redress their grievances by reviewing their MSc Pak Study third semester results and save their future.
The students alleged that a well-cooked conspiracy has been devised against the AIOU because of its standard and easy access of the poor and in-service students to it. A group of Pak Study students said that most of their classmates hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were failed in the MSc 3rd semester, while those declared successful were given very low marks, despite the fact that those students got first division in last two semesters.
Most of the students were failed in two papers and those who qualified their exam were feared of affecting their first division in overall exam, they lamented. "It seems the examiners didn't bother to check the papers and gave marks on mere counting answer sheets' pages,” they alleged.
They said the Open University is a best medium for the poor and on-job students who may not be able to study regular but want to increase their qualification. The affected students also alleged that to declare the university a failure, a well-planned conspiracy has been hatched against it that aimed to dishearten the students from AIOU and compel them on getting admission in private sector universities.
“Though a large number of universities are established in both public and private sector, and in most of them standard of education is much low, while the AIOU was an internationally well reputed institution,” they argued.
The students concerned appealed to the vice chancellor, examinations controller and Pak Study department chairman to take notice of the alleged discrimination with the students hailing from KPK and redress their grievances by establishing a special team comprising university professors and re-check their papers instead of re-totaling.