THE Panjab University Syndicate on Tuesday deferred decision on a proposed hike in examination fee for the students of the university and its affiliated colleges.
The university authorities had sought a hike of 10 per cent in the examination fee,citing the rising expenditure incurred on conducting examinations. However,as the issue came up for discussion at the meeting,a few members argued that the fee rise should not be approved since the details of complete break-up of the proposed hike had not been furnished. After much deliberations,the Syndicate accepted the need for more details justifying the hike,and decided to defer the decision to the next meeting.
Another related proposal regarding fee hike of academic courses,leading to a uniform fee structure in all the affiliated colleges of the university which was also part of the agenda,could not be discussed.
Significantly,the action taken report on the sexual harassment case of GTB College,Dasuya,was also part of the agenda of the meeting this time. The issue had assumed significance following the walkout staged by the members at the Syndicate meeting held on September 21 on account of non-inclusion of the issue in the agenda.
Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover had then called a meeting on September 28,a day before the Senate meeting,which again had to be called off on account of lack of quorum after only two out of the total 15 members turned up.
However,the Syndicate members had maintained that the authorities did not pay heed to their request
for postponing the meeting. The Syndicate members had also written to Registrar A K Bhandari addressing