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PU fails to sustain yet another course

Panjab University has failed to sustain yet another course in sciences. The latest on the list is MSc in petroleum, which is offered by department of geology.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 20, 2012 17:46 IST
Vinod Kumar

Panjab University has failed to sustain yet another course in sciences. The latest on the list is MSc in petroleum, which is offered by department of geology.

In the past six years, the university started 50 new courses, out of which 16 were scrapped and many are on the verge of being discontinued. The scrapped courses include bachelors of science (honours schools), computer science, diploma in advance scientific computation, computer applications, apparel designing, M phil zoology, medical parasitology and training programme in cytogenetic, immunological and molecular biology.

The MSc petroleum course was started in the year 2009 in the university's centre for petroleum and applied geology. Recently, the centre was merged with the department of geology and the faculty of the department, in a meeting, decided to discontinue the course from the next academic session. The department maintains not even a single student opted for the course, which led to its discontinuation.

However, contrary to the claims, students, who cleared the entrance test for the course, were denied admission by the department in the last session and ended up having a zero session. While the department said the students did not submit the fee on time, the latter accused the department of not informing them in time.

After declaring the last session as zero year, it was decided by a committee headed by the dean university instruction (DUI) prof Bhupinder Singh Brar that efforts will be made to attract students for the course. However, the faculty members decided to shut the course without even making an attempt to attract students in the coming session.

"The decision was taken by the faculty of the department and a letter of the same came to me, which I forwarded to the vice-chancellor for approval," said Brar.

Professor Naval Kishore, chairman of the department, said that it is not practically viable to run the course with few students. He further said that there were no campus placements of the students of the first batch, who passed out.

Meanwhile, the students of the department accused the authorities of making little effort in promoting the course. "It's the job of the university to promote the course. If students are not getting placed, who is responsible for this? It reflects that the university is not capable to help the deserving students find suitable jobs," said Ravi Shankar, a student of last batch of the course.

Terming the closure of the course as an outcome of internal politics in the department, Ravi stated that there are other courses in the department in which the placements are poor. Will they close all the courses?