University of Sindh, Jamshoro

Grading Policy

GRADING POLICY

a)The grading/Marking system in the university will be the Absolute Grading System. Nevertheless, teachers are encouraged to adopt the Relative Grading System as suggested by HEC.

b) To implement the semester system effectively, the subject teacher must display his/her provisional result within five days after the conduct of the final exam of that subject and submit the same to the controller of examination for the final announcement.

FRACTIONALIZED GRADING POLICY

The following grading scheme will be implemented for all programmes running under the semester system at the university from the Academic year 2021 (2K21-Batch)and Onwards

Status Grade Grade Points The Percentage obtained in a Semester System Grade Designation
Pass Grades A 4.0 85-100 Very Good
A 3.6 80-84
B 3.2 75-79 Good
B 2.8 70-74
C 2.4 65-69 Satisfactory
C 2.0 60-64
Improved Grades D 1.5 55-59 Conditional Pass
D 1.0 50-54
Fail F 0.00 Below 50 Fail

COMPUTATION OF SEMESTER GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) AND CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE (CGPA)

a) Quality Point (Q.P.) Fail For the computation of the (G.P.A.) the quality point (Q.P) is first determined by multiplying the value of the grade point (G.P) earned by the students with the Credit Hours of that course, e.g., if a student obtains a “B ” grade for a three credit hours course then this Q.P will be calculated as follows: (Q.P.) = 3.2 x 3 = 9.60

b) Grade Point Average (G.P.A).Grade point Average is an expression of the average performance of a student in the courses he/she has offered during a particular semester. This is calculated by adding the quality points of all the courses taken, divided by the total number of Credit hours offered: -

(G.P.A) = Sum of Quality Points / Sum of the Credit Hours

c) Cumulative Grade Point Average (C.G.P.A)

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (C.G.P.A) is the expression describing the performance of a student in all semesters and is determined in the following way:

(C.G.P.A) = Sum of Quality Points for all the courses appeared / Sum of the Credit Hours for all the courses appeared

A) CGPA REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION OF UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE DEGREE

a) For completion of a degree, the minimum qualifying CGPAs for undergraduate programmes BA/BS/MSc and postgraduate programmes MS/MPhil/PhD Students are 2.00 and 2.50 respectively.

b) In case, a student secures less than 2.00 CGPA (minimum qualifying CGPA) at the end of the final Semester, s/he may be allowed to get re-admission/improve in one or more courses in which his/her Grade is below C along with the forthcoming semester, provided that s/he is not debarred under the CGPA Improvement Regulation and time duration specified for the programme.

B) Rules for Promotion

a) The promotion from the first semester to the second, or from the third to the fourth or from the fifth to the sixth semester will be automatic; however, the student must meet the minimum requirement of attendance in that semester.

b) For the promotion from the second semester to the third semester, a student must have (i) minimum attendance and (ii) a G.P.A. of 1.75 or above, in the preceding two semesters.

c) If a student fails to meet attendance requirements, he is liable to lose 10% of his grades which should be announced at the beginning of the semester by each instructor/ faculty.

d) Students who secure less than 1.75 C.G.P.A. in the preceding two semesters, (i.e., first and second, third and fourth) will be promoted to the next semester (3rd/ 5th) conditionally, i.e., they will be treated on probation and if they fail to qualify courses in which failing by the end of that semester their admission shall be cancelled.

e) Those students whose admission is cancelled due to the above reason will not be allowed to enrol in any class for at least one semester.

C) Repeating Courses

a) Whenever a student fails or gets a \\\\\'D\\\\\' grade, he/ she can reappear or improve his/ her G.P.A. at the immediate next session when the examination for that course is conducted. However, for students who fail in any course of the terminal semester of the programme, e.g., the eighth semester of the BS programme, his/her examination may be arranged by the chairperson/ director during the summer vacation.

b) A student is allowed only one chance to improve his/ her grades in a course(s) of a previous semester. While a student who has passed B.A./ BS./ B.Com./ BS.P.A./ B.B.A. (Hons.) Part-IV and D. Pharmacy examination is not allowed to improve any course of a lower class, a student who has passed the final degree (B.A./ BS./ B.Com./ BS.P.A./ B.B.A. (Hons.) and D. Pharmacy examination and is placed in ‘D’ grade may be allowed one more chance to improve courses of the final year only.

c) A student who has passed the final master\\\\\'s degree (M.A./ M.Sc./ M.B.A. M.Com.) Examination and is placed in ‘D’ grade may be allowed one more chance to improve his/ her G.P.A. of the final year only.

d)If student absents himself/ herself in a test for any reason, no separate test will be held for him/ her during the semester.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT HOURS FOR UNDERGRADUATES / GRADUATES

a) Credits are transferred on course-to-course basis i.e., a person taking course A at the university X is allowed to transfer his/her credits to the university Y provided that course A is equivalent to course B taught at the Y university.

b) No credit hour of a course will be transferred if the grade is less than C for undergraduate and B for graduate.

c) The university is at liberty to enrol students (if they fulfil their criteria) for any semester or for any single class and issue the students a transcript for the courses completed.

d) Credit hours may only be transferred between duly recognized HEIs and internationally recognized universities as recommended by HEC.

e) Final decision will be taken by the Departmental Committee.

REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD OF DEGREE

a) For Undergraduate Students

A student must have a regular admission in the Undergraduate programme of the Institution and should earn a minimum of 60 credit hours out of a total of 124–140 credit hours from the institution from which s/he will be entitled to the degree. (This para should be read in conjunction with para 16).

b) For MS/MPhil Students

A student must have regular admission in the MS/MPhil programme of the Institution and should earn a minimum of 15 credit hours from the HEI from where he/ she will be entitled to the degree. (This para should be read in conjunction with para 16).

STUDENT GRIEVANCES AGAINST COURSE INSTRUCTOR

a) All the departments/Institutes/campuses will have a Five-member Committee constituted of 02 senior faculty members, the relevant Head of the department and Dean headed by the Controller of Examinations to redress the grievances of the students about any course instructor or grades or for any other issue.

b) In respect of grade, a student must submit the grievance application. if any, in writing to the Head of the Department within (07) seven working days of the receipt of the grade. The Head of Department shall forward the grievance application to the Committee. It will be mandatory for the Committee to hear both sides (student and the instructor) and will give its final decision within (05) five working days or before the start of registration for the new semester, whichever comes earlier. The decision of the Committee will be deemed final and will be binding on all parties.

c) A departmental committee headed by the chairman/ senior faculty members will be constituted to check randomly a few answer papers of the final semester examination for uniformity of scoring & covering of the course content.

COURSES ON PASS/FAIL BASIS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Courses can be taken on a pass/fail basis. These courses can be taken only out of elective courses, and the grade awarded toward these courses will not be considered in calculating the GPA or CGPA. A maximum of 9 credit hours of courses can be taken on a pass/fail basis at the undergraduation level. This is the prerogative of the university to set the minimum GPA along with the number of the semester(s) for putting a student on probation or removal from the university.

CANCELLATION OF ENROLMENT

a) If a student fails to attend any lecture during the first four weeks after the commencement of the semester as per the announced schedule, his/her admission shall stand cancelled automatically without any notification.

b) If a student promoted conditionally to the next semester, fails to qualify for courses in which failing by the end of the semester, his admission shall be cancelled.

PERMISSION OF WRITER FOR SPECIAL STUDENTS

a) A visually impaired student may be allowed to attempt the Mid/Final Examinations of the university on Braille/ Computer/any other means of facilitation.

b) In case, a student is physically handicapped/visually impaired, s/he may apply to the chairperson of the respective department (with a medical certificate as proof of her/his disability) for permission to engage a writer in Tests/ Examinations of the university two weeks before the start of tests/ examinations. S/he will be allowed 45 minutes (maximum) extra time to solve the question paper.

c) The qualification of the person who acts as a writer for a handicapped student must be at least one step lower than that of the student. (e.g., for level 6 students, the writer should be at most of level 5).

RECHECKING OF EXAMINATION SCRIPT

The answer book of a candidate shall not be re-assessed under any circumstances.

a) Whereas the re-checking does not mean re-assessment/re-evaluation/re-marking of the answer book. The Controller of Examination can arrange for re-checking of the examination script by any faculty member from the relevant discipline on the complaint/request of students. The Controller of Examination or any officer or a re-checking committee appointed shall see that:

(i) There is no computational mistake in the grand total on the title page of the answer book.
(ii) The total of various parts of a question has been correctly made at the end of each question.
(iii) All totals have been correctly brought forward on the title page of the answer book.
(iv) No portion of any answer has been left un-marked.
(v) Total marks in the answer book tally with the marks sheet.
(vi) The hand-writing of the candidate tally in the questions/answer book.

b) The candidate or anybody on his behalf has no right to see or examine the answer books for any purpose.

c) The marks of a candidate could even decrease in light of (a) (iii) above. In the event of reduction of marks, the record shall be corrected accordingly and revised transcript will be issued.

TERMS LAPS POLICY

A B C
S# Degree Programmes Specified period for completion of the degree Programmes: Actual Additional= (Terms Laps period)
01 01 Year Degree Programmes / PGD For example:PGD/ BPEHSS/ MPEHSS/ etc 01 Year 02 Years = 03 Years
02 1.5 Years Degree Programmes For example: B.Ed. (Secondary) 1.5 Year
1.5 Years 02 Years = 3.5 Years
03 2.5 Years Degree Programmes For example: B.Ed. (Secondary) 2.5 Year 2.5 Years 03 Years = 5.5 Years
04 02 Years Degree Programmes For example: MA/ MSc/ MBA/ M.Com./ LLM etc. 02 Years 03 Years = 05 Years
05 04 Years Degree Programmes For example: BS/ BBA/MBA(4-year) etc. 04 Years 03 Years = 07 Years
06 05-Year Degree ProgrammesFor example: Pharm D./ LLB etc. 05 Years 03 Years = 08 Years

a)The students must complete their degree within the specified period (mentioned in column C) otherwise his/ her terms will be lapsed.

b) This policy will be effective for the students who will get admission in the year 2022 (2K22-Batch) and onwards at all the campuses/ institutes/ departments/ centres/ and affiliated colleges of the University of Sindh. This policy will also be applicable for the readmission cases effective from their admission in their part-1. (Resolved in 42nd meeting of the Academic Council).

GRADING POLICY FOR 2K20 AND OLD BATCHES

Grade Grade Points The Percentage obtained in a Semester System Grade Designation
A 4.0 80-100% Excellent
B 3.2 60-79% Good
C 2.4 50-59% Satisfactory/ Average
D 1.5 40-49% Conditional Pass
F 0 Below 40% Fail