PU senate to discuss semester system, fee hike at meet today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 25, 2014 12:52 IST

Even as the Panjab University senate will hold a meet on Sunday, issues such as the introducing the semester system and the proposed fee hike have been left out of the agenda sent out to senators. Interestingly, these items have been included in the senate meeting 'tabled agendas'.

With certain syndicate members objecting to discussing issues not included in the agenda for the syndicate meeting held recently and seeking more time to study them, sources said that members of senate may raise similar objections.

This may only serve to wreck the university's plans of introducing the semester system in undergraduate courses the next academic year as well as hiking its fees, said a Panjab University official.

The agenda for a senate meeting issued at least ten days before the meet. Many senators were surprised that the discussion on semester system was not listed in the agenda sent out to them even as the matter was cleared by the syndicate in April.

Vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover, when contacted, said that he hoped the issues would be cleared in the meet in view of the "larger interest of society”.

Panjab University plans to introduce the semester system in nearly 188 colle ges af filiated to it in both Punjab and Chandigarh.

For the next session, nearly one lakh first-year students are proposed to be admitted under the new examination system.

However, those who have taken admission in the 2013-14 will continue to be governed by the university's old system.

Panjab University senate will also discuss the proposed hike of up to 20% for traditional courses offered by the university and affiliated colleges and the 5% hike in tuition fees for courses conducted on the university campus.

The new fee structure, cleared by the PU syndicate in a meeting held last week, will come into force from the 2014-15 academic session.

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