Despite protests from students, the Panjab University Senate on Sunday is expected to give the nod to implement a five per cent hike in the tuition fees from the next academic year.
The decision to increase the tuition fees has already been approved by the Panjab University Syndicate keeping the dwindling finances of the university in mind.
The Senate will also look into the revision of fee structure for the degree colleges affiliated to PU along with deciding on a fee structure for the university teaching centres at the regional centres of the varsity.
In the first meeting of the university Senate this year, the recommendations of the university’s board of finance for a budget of Rs 517 crore for 2016-17 with a deficit of Rs 306 crore will also be tabled before the Senate for approval.
The new PU policy for the protection, prevention, prohibition of women from sexual harassment at workplace, approved by the Syndicate in February, is also being presented in the Senate.
According to the recommendations, PU’s policy for dealing with cases of sexual harassment will henceforth be called as the ‘Panjab University Policy for the Protection, Prevention, Prohibition of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace’, and will function in accordance The Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
The internal complaints committee will be the PUCASH, which will be constituted in June for a term of three years, and will be effective from July 1.
The Senate will also be taking a call on restoration of the original status of the PU directorate of sports and campus sports by getting them to function as two separate units. Earlier in November last year, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Dean University Instructions A K Bhandari, roles of the directorate of sports and campus sports were listed separately.
According to the suggested changes, the directorate of sports will be headed by the director of physical education and the campus sports will function under the Dean Students’ Welfare of the varsity.
After the Syndicate decided to include two additional seats in all departments in graduate and postgraduate courses for students coming from rural/border areas at PU and its affiliated colleges, the Senate will also look into the suggested guidelines for the admissions under these seats.
A new fee structure and course framework for admissions to masters in social work at PU will also be deliberated upon in the Senate meet on Sunday.
Regulations for masters in dental surgery (MDS) for the next academic year at PU are also being tabled before the house for approval. The Senate will also take up cases concerning appointments, re-employment and grant of benefit of addition in qualifying service for pension of the university employees.