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Government Girls College topper gets a zero in 4th semester exams, sets herself ablaze

A second-year student of Government Girls College in Sector 14 tried to immolate herself on the college campus on Monday afternoon after Maharishi Dayanand University announced results for the fourth-semester exams in which half the students got zero in one of the subjects they appeared for and 60 per cent of the students failed.

The college is affiliated to Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak. More than 500 students on Monday thronged the college campus and blocked MG Road, the arterial road connecting Old Gurgaon with NH-8 to mark their protest against the low grades.

Among them was Pinky Chouhan who was a first-year topper but had got zero in maths this time. She was part of the 12member committee that was set up to make a representation to the university.

But on Monday, when she learnt that the representation would not be possible because of a strike in the university, she rushed into the chemistry lab and set herself on fire.

Police said Pinky, who lived in Kasan village near Manesar, was admitted to the Civil Hospital with 70 per cent burn injuries. She was later referred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she is in a critical condition in the ICU.

Students claimed most from the science stream had had got pathetic marks in mathematics, physics and English. The results were declared last week. There are some 4,000 students in the college, of whom 1,000 took this exam, and about 600 failed. Some 500 got zero in one subject or the other, leading students to allege that they had been “intentionally” targeted.

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