LAHORE - The inordinate delay in conducting BS (Hons) examinations of the Punjab University-affiliated institutes has raised worries among students. The colleges blame chaos on PU and the latter thinks otherwise.

More than 6,000 students in BS (Hons) programme of six colleges – MAO College, Government Science College, Islamia College, Queen Mary College and two Gujranwala institutes – have been waiting for their 3rd and 5th semesters final-term examinations since March.

The BS (Hons) programme was launched on directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and twenty-six autonomous colleges launched this programme in 2010.

“The Punjab University Examination Department has been delaying the exams since launching of the programme,” a principal said on anonymity. The principal said the students completed 3rd and 5th semesters in March while the examination department is yet to announce the exam schedule. It is the mismanagement on the part of the PU management section, he said, adding that the varsity also delays results, putting the future of students at stake because most of them opt for BA (private).

He also said that a series of meetings among PU authorities and college principals held over the issue but to no avail. Another college principal said that he had been receiving calls of parents inquiring about the examinations.

When contacted, Punjab University Examinations Controller Dr Liaqat Ali said the exams for 3rd and 5th semesters were scheduled from July 1 but the college principals moved a written request to delay the examinations. However, he said the exams would commence from July 18. It seems that due to weary attitude of the PU, the programme may fail. The autonomous colleges are running BS (Hons) programme in 19 different disciplines such as Science, English, Mass Communication, Arts, Commerce, Psychology etc.