The Punjab University Syndicate meeting, which was held on Saturday to discuss the issue of rotation of heads in various institutes and affiliated centres of Panjab University (PU), has decided to defer a decision.
It was decided that a committee would be set up to study the issue and interact with the various stake holders. It was also pointed out that documents for the proposal were not complete. In the last meeting held on June 2, Professor Anil Kumar Grover, PU V-C had submitted its recommendations to frame a policy for institutes including UILS, UIET and Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital, wherein a post of Associate Director (AD) will be created.
While, the director was to be appointed from within the senior-most professors from the same discipline, the AD was to be appointed from within all the faculty members. The syndicate on Saturday deferred the decision on the proposal to create the two posts.
Putting forward an argument against the recommendations, some teachers on campus said that there is no point of creating an AD post, when he or she will have no executive powers. Moreover, the policy will end up encouraging the trend of some heads to continue their term even beyond three years.
Another proposal to give weightage to the candidates having BA/B Com LLB (Hons) 5 years integrated course while being admitted to LLM course of PU was also deferred. ThePU Law Faculty had proposed that a weightage of 15 per cent will be given to students of BA/ B.Com LLB (Hons) during admission in LLM, as it is given to the honours students in all other departments.
Third proposal which was deferred at the Syndicate meeting following a criticism was extension of re-employment or guest faculty from 65 to 70 years. The members submitted that if the University can not increase the employment age of the professors from 60 to 65, then how can the reemployment could be extended from 65 years to 75 years. PU will not be able to introduce the subject of ‘domestic violence against women and children’ at all under-graduate courses from this session, as was proposed.
The Syndicate decided to start the additional ‘Soft Skill course’ for MA students of Department of French and Francophone Studies, while it granted provisional affiliations for proposed courses to city colleges. The decision was taken following the proposal by the UGC to help students improve their communication skills in French. PU French department would collaborate with Alliance Francaise in the regard.
Syndicate also approved two MoUs of PU with National Research Development Corporation and CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. The meeting presided over by V-C Grover decided to approve the extension of Professor Navdeep Goyal and Professor Nandita Singh as Dean Students Welfare (Men) and (Women) respectively. The Syndicate also ratified the appointment of Professor Ramanjit Kaur Johal as Dean of International Students.
The Syndicate allowed the colleges to hire retired principals on a contract basis if they fail to fill the post after the principal’s retirement even after continued…