Monday, October 01, 2012
From Print Edition
The grading system followed by the Comsats Institute of Information and Technology is causing much confusion and trouble for the students of this institute. The problem started in 2003 when the institute decided to have its own GPA system. Comsats follows a GPA system wherein a 2.0 GPA is equal to 60 percent. In the same year, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan announced a universal GPA system for Pakistani graduates, according to which a 2.5 GPA is equal to 60 percent or first division. Thus, a Comsats student who secures 65 percent will still be awarded a 2.3 GPA, which means he has a second division. For many government and private-sector jobs, the eligibility criteria is 2.5 GPA or 60 percent. Job recruiters ask for GPA score if the university from where a candidate graduates follows the GPA system otherwise they see the percentage or division.
Now, a Comsats student who has more than 60 percent and less than 67 percent still falls under second division and cannot apply for many jobs, MS and PHD programmes which follow the rule of 2.5 GPA. The HEC used to give GPA equivalency but stopped it in 2009. I had secured 65 percent, equivalent to 2.3 GPA, in my bachelors and 83 percent in MS from abroad. But I couldn’t apply for various jobs in sectors like defence, civil and educational institutes because my percentage fell under the second division category. I asked Comsats to give me a letter stating my percentage, but the university administration refused to do that. This non-uniform GPA system has badly affected many students. I request the people concerned to look into this matter and save the careers of a large number of student.
Kashif Mushtaq Arain