Panjab University’s syndicate will discuss the introduction of the semester system in the undergraduate courses offered by colleges affiliated to the varsity in Punjab and Chandigarh in a meeting on Saturday.
Varsity sources said t hat introduction of the new system is one of the 50 items listed on the agenda for the meeting.
The syndicate could not discuss the said proposal in a meet held in March although it was listed as a supplementary item.
The varsity plans to introduce the system from the next academic year. It will also be discussed in a special senate meeting the varsity plans to hold in May.
The meeting gains particular significance as the Panjab gover nment and UT administration, after being assured that the varsity would introduce the semester system from the 2014-15 academic session, had in tur n written to the central gover nment assuring the latter of introducing refor ms in higher education in order to secure grants under Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
Terming the meeting as crucial, a PU official said, “If the matter is not cleared in this meeting, it will be delayed by a year and the central government could stop grants to both the UT administration and Punjab government for not carrying out the promised reforms.”
The syndicate is also scheduled to discuss a proposal to star t community colle ges under the university from the next academic session. Under this project, the varsity plans to authorise respective colleges to deal with all aspects of education related to first-year students, including examinations.
The syndicate is also likely to deliberate the constitution of a committee to decide about the varsity’s fee structure in PU as per the senate’s directions given in March.
A proposal to introduce an academic calendar of the varsity and its affiliated colleges for the next academic session and allowing students to take admissions in other courses, while pursuing their PhD from the varsity is also listed for Saturday’s meet.
Also on the agenda are the al l ot ment of Rs 29 l akh for a parking in teachers residential area at PU campus, proposal to give weightage national-level cultural activities while admitting students and eligibility criteria for the recruitment of chief security officer.