Panjab University syndicate on Sunday approved pension to spouses/legal heirs of deceased varsity staff who could not register themselves for the pension scheme floated by the varsity in 2006 even as it deferred the issue of 10% hike proposed in fees for exams and forms etc.
In order to become eligible for pension, the beneficiaries would however have to return employer deposit funds given to them after the demise of the varsity staff.
The pension matter was brought up in the House in the last meeting by fellow Ashok Goyal, after which vice chancellor Prof Arun Grover had assured to look into it.
"It is a great relief to spouses of deceased employees of the varsity. It is their right and they have been rightly given this benefit," Goyal remarked.
PU students can breathe easy, at least for the time being, since the syndicate did not approve 10% hike in fees for exams and forms etc. The issue was deferred and would be taken up in the next syndicate meeting.
The syndicate also gave its nod to convert one of the five vacant posts of professor in mathematics department to that of assistant professor and two of the seven vacant posts of associate professor to that of assistant professor.
The department has only 14 faculty members at present as against 33 sanctioned posts.
Syndic Dinesh Talwar submitted a representation regarding criteria for teaching posts in physical education department to the VC. He demanded recognition to more sports disciplines to enable their exponents to apply for faculty positions. As of now, the department recognises only six games and has left out popular sports like cricket, archery, boxing etc.
Other issues taken up by syndicate
- The vice chancellor was authorised to constitute a broad-based committee to look into rotation of headships in centres, schools and institutes of the varsity on the pattern of regular departments. The panel would take a decision keeping in view the character of each institute/centre.
- The syndicate sanctioned Rs 44 lakh from development fund account for the maintenance of T-II type houses on the south campus of the university.
- Nod was also given to pay reviewers of articles/research papers in three varsity research journals Rs 1,000 each for time-bound reviews.
-The House accepted the recommendations of committee concerned that rent rates for indoor or outdoor shooting of films/tele-serials/songs on the campus be revised from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per day apart from service tax.
- The syndicate also felicitated Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister for railways; Ashwani Kumar, minister for law and justice; Manish Tewari, minister (independent charge) information & broadcasting; and Kumari Selja, minister for social justice and empowerment - all alumni of Panjab University - on holding important portfolios in the union cabinet.