At its meeting held here on Saturday, the Panjab University syndicate gave its approval to an additional 15% weightage in marks obtained in the qualifying exam to honours graduates who wish to enroll for the masters programme in law.
This will be applicable regardless of whether the aspirant graduated with an LLB or any other bachelors honours degree.
This recommendation for an additional weightage in marks was made by the varsity’s law faculty on the basis of the Bar Council of India Rules of Legal Education, framed in 2008.
However, the syndicate rejected a proposal, also on the agenda of today’s meeting, to raise the retirement age of reemployed faculty members from 65 to 70 years.
The increase was sought to make up for the shortage of teachers at the university.
However, the proposal for rotation of headship of PU departments was referred back to a committee that is looking into the matter.
Meanwhile, the syndicate approved the plan to make the subject of ‘Domestic Violence against Women & Children’ compulsory in all undergraduate programs, although the course details will be reviewed by a committee.
The syllabus and course structure, to be introduced from the upcoming academic session, has already been prepared.
The Panjab University administration has also decided to start an additional ‘soft skills’ course” for MA students of the department of French and Francophone studies, for which it has tied up with Alliance Française.
In addition, the syndicate approved two memorandums of understanding inked with the National Research Development Corp (NRDC) and CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore.
In other decisions, the Panjab University syndicate also cleared a move to grant extension to Navdeep Goyal and Nandita Singh as dean of students welfare (men) and (women), respectively, for another year, and also ratified the appointment of Ramanjit Kaur Johal as dean of international students.
Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11 was accorded provisional affiliation for awarding a diploma in floriculture and landscaping for the 2014-15 session and an advanced diploma in disaster management career oriented courses for 2013-14.
SD College, Sector 32 got provisional af filiation for awarding the bachelors degree in vocational (retail management) and in vocational (food processing & preservation), while MCM DAV College for Women , Sector 36 , was accorded provisional affiliation for awarding a postgraduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty care for the 2014-15 academic sessions.