The Punjab University Syndicate, which held a meeting on Saturday, deferred decisions on several major issues and decided to take these up at the next meeting on September 26.
These included a decision on the issue of permitting students of Dhanwantri College to appear in the examinations. The university had constituted two committees to look into the matter regarding holding of examinations. Both the committees had unanimously recommended holding examinations of students registered by the university till 2012-13 batch but the university had decided to conduct the exams of all the BAMS students in 2009, 2010 and 2011, except the students admitted in 2012, leaving the students in the lurch.
According to some members, students admitted in 2012-13 to Dhanwantri College by the Panjab University should be allowed to be examined as they had attended the requisite number of lectures as per PU rules. The syndicate members informed that since the meeting was delayed due to the meeting with the HRD Minister Smriti Irani, the meeting got adjourned early and thus the discussion on the major issues including subject combination scheme for undergraduate class, temporary affiliation for Undergraduate courses, I.e, BA-I, BCom-I, BCA-I to newly proposed colleges, creation of superanumerary post of senior technician Grade II against junior Technician grade III for promotion of Shakti Chand Danda and and proposal to increase the rates for booking of rooms/ conference hall/dining hall at Panjab University Guest House, were postponed and now will only be taken up in the next meeting.
However, it was announced that the Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology (INSPIRE and FIST Division), has conveyed the sanction of the President for implementation of the PURSE Programme at a total cost of Rs 34.8 crore. While, another sanction of Rs 4 crore has been given to the Panjab University as part of first installment for the grants for creation of Capital Assets in 2014-15.
Also, Rs 40 lakh has been allocated to the School of Communication Studies for establishing the Panjab University Centre for Media Studies out of the MPLADS allocations of H K Dua, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
While the University decided to discontinue the Master of Finance and Control (MFC) programme at USOL from the session 2014-15, Syndicate sanctioned Rs 5.56 lakh out of the budget head Development Fund for rewiring and providing electrical points in the Department of Political Science, PU. Syndicate also approved the enhancement of admissible rates for the private rooms for the employees of the PU Chandigarh from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 as per PGIMER rates and it also approved the 9.25 percent per annum compoundable quarterly rate of interest on contributory provident fund and general provident fund to be paid to the employees for the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
The PU Syndicate rectified its earlier decision dated March 15, with regard to nomenclature of Retail Management and Tourism course run at PG Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh. The leave cases of the teaching staff and the PhD cases of the students also got approved.
Dr Hemant Batra, Professor in Oral Maxillofacial surgery at BDS Department, PU and certain other faculty members got confirmation letters at the syndicate meeting on Saturday.
PUSU protest self-financed courses, entry of outsider vehicles on campus
Members of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) staged a protest on Saturday in front of the administrative block when there was a syndicate meeting going on. PUSU president Navaldeep highlighted the main demands of self-financed courses like UIAMS and UILS, among others. He stated, “These courses should be taken as other regular courses of the university because these have already fulfilled the merits of university. Also, outsider vehicles should not be allowed on the university campus.” He further demanded for multilevel parking and more shuttle services for both north and south campus. ENS
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