For the benefit of students hailing from rural and border areas, Panjab University is set to create seats for them in all courses offered on campus and affiliated colleges. There are around 180 colleges affiliated to the university.
The proposal will be tabled in the forthcoming syndicate meeting on April 20.
Senators Dr SS Sangha and Varinder Singh had proposed a resolution last year for reservation of seats. After that, a committee was formed under Prof Naval Kishore, dean college development council (DCDC) where the then director, higher education, Chandigarh administration, Sandeep Hans was also a member along with Sangha and Varinder Singh.
In its meeting on March 17, the committee noticed that the PU “is already providing additional seats for single girl child, Kashmiri migrants, AIDS, cancer patients,”
The committee resolved, “Two additional seats for rural area students and one additional seat for border area students, respectively be created over and above the sanctioned seats in all the under graduate/post graduate courses offered by teaching departments of Panjab University, constituent colleges, regional centres and its affiliated colleges…”
The eligibility for rural area students has been defined as those who did matriculation and Class 12 examination from those rural schools which do not fall in the area of the local body.
Further, the candidate should have been studying in such school for at least five years before passing the last examination. Candidate will have to produce a certificate from the principal of the concerned institute of the area certifying that his school falls within the rural area.
For border area seats, the student should be from border area schools, and he has to produce a certificate from the tehsildar.
“But this reservation will not be given for law, dental, education and MBBS courses. As these courses are under regulatory agencies such as Bar Council of India, Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India and National Council for Teacher Education. The concession is applicable to students from all over India falling under these categories,” said Prof Naval Kishore.
During the deliberations made earlier on the issue, the registrar had opined that regulations of PU do not allow any reservation on geographical basis. He added that for campus, reservation policy of central government, for colleges in Punjab, that of Punjab government, and for colleges in Chandigarh, that of Chandigarh administration, is to be followed but opined that additional seats could be created.