PANJAB UNIVERSITY is going to implement a standard operating procedure for managing funds in its hostels, and reports of the same will be sent to the University Grants Commission.
At a meeting on Sunday, the PU Syndicate restructured administrative and financial powers for functioning of hostel wardens.
A mechanism for redressal of grievances of students at different stages was also approved. Grievance Redressal Committees would be set up at the department/institute and university levels to deal with the grievances of the students. At the department/institute level, the committee would be headed by the chairperson of department, whereas at the university level, the Dean Students’ Welfare would be the committee’s chairman. All academic and non-academic grievances and grievances related to assessment, victimisation, attendance, fees and examination would be accepted by the Grievance Redressal Committee. The Syndicate ratified a decision regarding the implementation of a double entry accounting system. It also approved a special budget provision of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 120 lakh for 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively, to meet the financial needs for the conduct of Senate elections. The Senate elections are held every four years; these are due in September 2016.
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A framework for the appointment, tenure and other responsibilities of the Dean Research was also made on Sunday. At the last meeting of the Syndicate, a committee was formed under PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover to look into the responsibilities and appointment of Dean Research at the university. The meeting had also suggested a change in nomenclature of the Masters in Business Engineering (MBE) course to MA/MCom/MBA(Business Economics), which was further discussed on Sunday.
The issue arising out of the complaint of sexual harassment against the PU V-C was also discussed. The complainant in the case, who is also a member of the Syndicate, had addressed a letter to Vice-President Hamid Ansari alleging that PU Registrar Col (retd) G S Chadha was at fault for creating an agenda out of the letters she had addressed to the UGC. The V-C, however, defended the Registrar’s decision. Recommendations of the Professor Bambah committee report, which was constituted to discuss and suggest modalities/means to fill various chairs and chair professorships in the university, were discussed.