Paving way for implementation of semester system in all under-graduate courses of all the affiliated colleges of Panjab University (PU), the varsity officials on Wednesday organised a meeting to clear the various examination-related modalities related to the semester system.
While, the varsity has already implemented the semester system for post-graduate courses in the campus and all its affiliated colleges in 2011, the decision to introduce it, in the undergraduate courses was taken in November, last year.
Accepting the proposal in principle, the University had also emphasised the need to address all the challenges related to the process, before implementing it from the next academic session, 2014-15.
Various sub-committees were constituted by the main committee, headed by Dean University Instructions (DUI) to work out the modalities for the semester system. In its meeting held on Wednesday, the sub-committee constituted to discuss the modalities of the examination process, deliberated upon various issues including compartmentalization of subjects, revising the syllabus, fee structure, and internal exams.
“There are a few subjects, which are divided into two parts, A and B. So, it was decided that the exams for the respective subject can be divided in two semesters, and the syllabus of the subjects will also be revised accordingly,” said a senior PU official. While, the varsity had already issued guidelines to various faculties to prepare the syllabus for the subjects as per the semester system. The meetings of Board of Studies (BoS) is also being held on the constant basis, and according to sources, the final syllabus for all the under-graduate courses will be drafted by the end of January.
With the preparation for the implementation of the semester system going on at fast pace, the varsity seems all set to honor its commitment to adopt the system from the coming session. The recommendations of all the sub-committees will be discussed in the main committee, headed by Dean University Instructions (DUI), and which will also consist of the representatives from various colleges and the UT administration as well. The final draft will then be discussed in the Senate meeting, likely to be held in March.
“There are a number of challenges which we need to address before implementing the process, like the shortage of staff, and therefore, the participation from all the stake-holders is important,” said the former DUI, Professor Madhu Raka.
Grants under RUSA
The varsity is also speeding up the process, in order to fulfill the criteria for any university/institute to avail the grants under the Rashtriya Ucch Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), scheme from the next academic session. As per the RUSA guidelines, the university needs to have semester system in all the under-graduate and post-graduate courses.