In an initiative to start colleges in collaboration with the Punjab government,Panjab University (PU) will have four government constituent colleges in some of the most backward areas of the state. These colleges offering some of the popular courses,including graduate degree and post graduate diploma courses,will start functioning from July.
The four colleges would come up in Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepur),Nihalsinghwala (Moga),Balachaur (Nawanshahr) and Sikhwala (Muktsar). While the entire administrative and management would be controlled by Panjab University,funding including the salaries of the college staff and college infrastructure would be done by the Punjab government.
As the appointments would be made by the University,the process has already been started for the appointment of four principals and 52 assistant professors for these four colleges. Students can take admissions for the coming academic session that would start from July this year, said PU Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti.
Of the 52 posts advertised last month for these colleges,when Prof Sobti was asked why no post for the subject Hindi had been advertised,he replied that the point has been noted and it would be added in the appointments.
The constituent colleges plan is an initiative between the government and the university. While the affiliated colleges are entirely managed by the college management committees,administrative control of constituent colleges is done by the university and not given in any private hands.
Out of these four colleges,the two in Nihalsinghwala (Moga) and Balachaur (Nawanshahr) have already been inspected and recommended for approval by the university inspection committees in its report submitted to the University recently. The remaining two are expected to be inspected soon. The infrastructure of the first two colleges is complete while that of the remaining two is near completion.
The courses initially offered by these colleges will include BCom,BA,BCA and PGDCA. Though nothing was disclosed on the fee structure of these colleges,it is said that it would be kept at par with other colleges in the areas.