Starting from the next academic year, Panjab University (PU) and its affiliated colleges will have two additional seats in all departments in both graduate and post-graduate courses for students coming from rural areas.
The proposal was made by S S Sangha, Principal of Dashmesh Girls College of Education, Muktsar, who had said that in universities across the region, a very less percentage of rural students got the chance to pursue higher education.
“As per a survey conducted in 2006-07 to find out the percentage of rural students pursuing higher education, fewer than four per cent people were found to be enrolled in PU. Similarly, at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, the percentage was around five,” said Sangha. Guru Nanak Dev University, however, now offers seven per cent reservation to students coming from rural areas.
As per the proposal, seats will be made available to students who have completed their school education in rural areas, and are permanent residents of rural areas. Sangha further said, “These seats will, however, not be made available in departments that are run by certain councils, such as medical or bar councils.” The seats can also be availed by students who have pursued under-graduation from rural colleges, and wish to pursue post-graduation at PU or its affiliated colleges.
The proposal was unanimously passed in the Syndicate over a year back. A final decision in the regard was stalled as the authorities had sought legal opinion on the matter. As per the initial proposal, the seats were to be given to students from Punjab and Haryana only. It was later approved that students from rural areas from across India would be eligible.