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MDU defers new exam system 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, January 11
Bowing to the mounting pressure under the statewide student agitation and political parties, Maharshi Dayanand University today deferred its controversial decision regarding the introduction of the three-set question paper system till the next academic session.

The university administration said the decision was taken in view of the sentiments of students and principals of the affiliated colleges. In a statement issued this evening, Dr Satpal Singh Dahiya, Registrar of the university, said the Vice-Chancellor, Maj Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd), held a meeting with the student leaders and principals of the affiliated colleges to discuss the issue today. Almost all the principals opined that the decision of implementing multi-question paper system was a positive step not only to eliminate the menace of copying but also to improve the standard of education. The student leaders were also in agreement with the policy, the Registrar said. However, he said, the students demanded its implementation from the next session. The students pleaded that their studies had so far been on a selective basis as per the past practice and the proposed change would imply the coverage of the entire syllabi in detail for which they were not fully prepared.

It is learnt that the Vice-Chancellor had recently informed the government that the situation had become extremely tense in the region as different political parties had started politicising the issue. After deliberations, the government reportedly directed the university administration to defer the move.


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