At its meeting held on Saturday, the Panjab University syndicate gave its approval to an additional 15% weightage in marks to honours graduates who wish to enroll for the masters programme in law.
Even, in case the aspirant had honours in LLB as well as the bachelor degree before that, the weightage will remain 15% regardless.
In other words, the weightage will be 15% of the marks obtained by the candidate in the qualifying exam for admission to the masters.
This recommendation was made by the law faculty on the basis of the Bar Council of India (BCI) Rules of Legal Education 2008.
However the agenda item regarding enhancement of the retirement age of re-employed faculty from 65 years presently to 70 years was turned down by the syndicate. The enhancement was sought to make up for the shortage of teachers in the varsity. Besides, the demand for rotation of headship at PU departments was referred back to the committee and no decision was taken regarding the same.
Meanwhile, the syndicate approved the compulsory subject, 'Domestic Violence against Women and Children', in all undergraduate courses, although the course details will be reviewed by a committee. The syllabus and course structure, to be introduced from the upcoming session, has already been prepared.
Also, PU has decided to start an additional "Soft Skill Programme Course" for its MA students of department of french and francophone studies, PU. The department will collaborate with Alliance Francaise in this regard.
In addition to that, the varsity's syndicate approved two MoUs of PU with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and CSIR- National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore.
Extension was granted to professor Navdeep Goyal and professor Nandita Singh as dean students welfare (men) and (women) respectively for another year. The syndicate also ratified the appointment of professor Ramanjit Kaur Johal as dean of international students.
On the other hand, provisional affiliation to Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11 for diploma in floriculture and landscaping for the session 2014-15 and advance diploma in disaster management career oriented courses for the session 2013-14 was granted. The syndicate granted provisional affiliation to SD College, Sector 32 for bachelors in vocational (Retail Management) and bachelors in vocational (Food Processing & Preservation). It granted provisional affiliation to MCM DAV College for Women for innovative programme in PG diploma in cosmetology and beauty care for the session 2014-15.
*Syndicate granted 15% weightage to honours graduates for admission to LLM
*Syndicate denied extension of re-employment age from 65 to 70
*Item on rotation of headships in departments was referred to a committee.
* Approved spending `16.8 lakh on purchase of 'skylift', used to fix lights and other overhead equipment.
*Approved enhancement of per-answersheet evaluation fee from `16 to`18 for UG courses and from `18 to `20 for PG
Syndics rued that no mention of either the recent incident of Gandhian study chairperson thrashed by a student or that related to law
question paper leak was mentioned during the meeting.