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PU to introduce semester system in undergrad courses from next session

There are several roadblocks that the varsity would have to clear before implementing the decision.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 19, 2013 6:10:49 am

Two years after the Panjab University adopted the semester system for the post-graduate courses on the campus and its affiliated colleges,the varsity on Monday decided to implement the semester system in all the undergraduate courses as well.

While in-principle clearance was given to the proposal,there are several roadblocks that the varsity would have to clear before implementing the decision from the 2014-15 academic session.

The decision was taken at a meeting held on Monday,which was headed by Dean University Instruction (DUI) Professor Madhu Raka,and had representatives from the university and various affiliated colleges of the varsity.

“PU has accepted the proposal in principle,but we need to resolve a number of modalities before we can introduce it from the next academic session,” said the DUI.

Among the various challenges being faced by the varsity in adopting the system is the insufficient number of teachers and non-teaching staff on the campus and all its affiliated colleges,and the immediate need to bring reforms in the examination system,which includes revision of the syllabus of all courses and change in the process.

Keeping in mind that the Punjab government has not yet lifted the ban on recruitment of teachers in the government aided colleges,which has led to shortage of teachers,the committee has also decided to hold a meeting in December with representatives from both the UT Administration and the Punjab government.

“There are a number of challenges before us,despite which we have agreed to shift to the semester system in all academic courses,because we are committed in principle to the guidelines of the University Grants Commission. But the university needs co-operation from both the UT Administration and the Punjab government in achieving it,” said the DUI.

She added,“The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Punjab government had already approved the introduction of the semester system,so the university was mandated to accept it.”

Talking about the challenges,Professor R P S Josh,a member of the PU Syndicate,said,“It will be very difficult to adopt the system in view of this poor teacher-student ratio in colleges. The Punjab government has to be roped in,as there has been no review of sanctioned posts since 1981,while it was committed in 1978 that after every three years,the strength of teachers will be reviewed as per the requirements.”

While the committee has directed the Board of Studies (BoS) to start the process of preparation of the revised syllabus of the undergraduate courses as per the semester system,PU Examination Controller Dr Parvinder Singh said,“It is a challenging task to draw a complete framework for the smooth implementation of the semester system in all the courses on the campus and all the affiliated colleges. But we will try our best to get it ready by March next year.”

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