There will be no entrance test for the first batch of students enrolling into the five-year honours school programme in social sciences in the newly set up Panjab University's Institute of Social Sciences Education and Research (PUISSER).
Students will be admitted for 50 seats on the basis of their Class 12 marks in the session that will start sometime in July/August. "We will try to get them scholarships,"said PU vice-chancellor professor Arun Grover. "Right now, we just need one room. We will not recruit any new teacher. We will draw in faculty from existing departments."He added.
The choice-based credit system will be introduced in PUISSER. "One can have interdisciplinary courses,"said Grover. Prof B S Ghuman from the public administration department said, that if someone wants to have performing arts as one of the subjects, he or she could take that.
With the launch of this programme, PU will be among the few institutions in the country which will have the five-year integrated course in social sciences. "Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Central University of Hyderabad are running such a course. There is only a three-year graduation course in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjabi University, Patiala,"said Reeta Grewal, chairperson of history department.
On the curriculum Grewal said, "We have to remember that syllabus in colleges was devised decades ago, and if we wish to be abreast with requirements of the present, students need all round education."The VC said that there was an observation of students not having good communication skills and therefore, a course on academic writing and communication, will be introduced.
Eminent people for special lectures will be invited during the course. "Internships will be important for students after even semesters. There will be mentors for students to continuously interact with,"said Prof Ghuman.
Honours School system was started in the university in 1919 when it was located in Lahore. At that time, it was introduced both for humanities and sciences but after independence when the university shifted to India, Honours School system was retained in sciences alone. In 1967, the system was introduced for Economics but it was folded after 10 years.