A 14-MEMBER committee,formed to discuss whether to continue with the semester system in postgraduate courses in the 188 Panjab University (PU) affiliated colleges,on Thursday resolved to discontinue with the system from the next academic session. Only two members of the panel were in favour of the semester system.
Chairperson of the committee Dean University Instructions (DUI) Prof Madhu Rakka informed Chandigarh Newsline that views of all members had been recorded and minutes would be presented before the Syndicate due to meet this month. The final decision will be taken by the Syndicate,she added.
One of the committee members,I S Sandhu,said it was very difficult for colleges to continue with the semester system,since most of them,especially those in Punjab,were facing the problem of acute staff shortage.
Moreover,majority of the teachers had already been assigned duties for the Zila Parishad elections scheduled for May 19.
Another member Prof R P Josh said colleges could not be run on a dual system – semester system for postgraduate courses and annual system for undergraduate ones.
The semester system was forcefully implemented during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti in July 2011. It had been approved by the Panjab University Syndicate in September 2011.