Amid strong resentment and protests by its members, the Panjab University senate on Sunday approved the system of getting feedback from students on their teachers from next academic session onwards, but with many riders.
Interestingly, officials maintained that it would be a "feedback" and not "evaluation" of teachers by the students.
It would also not involve any third party and would be strictly a matter between the teacher and his/her students. Only students with 75% attendance and who do not have a re-appear or compartment would be give their feedback on their teachers.
As the feedback issue, put on the meeting agenda, was taken up, the senate meeting held on the PU campus saw uproarious scenes as senators protested on the matter. However, PU vice chancellor Dr Arun Grover put his foot down and maintained that the issue at hand was a long- pending demand of PU campus students council (PUCSC) and could not be overlooked.
He pointed out that such feedback system was already in place at Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Managements, adding that if PU were to compete at the national level, this feedback system would have to be put in place.
After much discussion, it was decided that feedback would be received by teachers from students and the same would be an exercise to improve the educational delivery system.
Affiliated colleges 'cheating' teachers, PU
Another issue discussed at the senate meeting pertained to alleged "cheating" of teachers and PU authorities by most affiliated colleges, especially in Punjab. College development council dean Prof Naval Kishore told the meeting that most colleges were not paying salaries as per UGC guidelines to the faculty.
Though cheques for full salary were given to college teachers as per UGC guidelines, college authorities later took back a particular amount in cash from the teachers, he said.
When members claimed that PU was favouring many colleges, Prof Naval Kishore asserted that members who went for inspection should demand cancellation of affiliation of colleges where serious lapses were witnessed. The senate resolved that PU VC would form a committee to look into the matters and a meeting would be held specifically to discuss matters related to affiliated colleges.
Feedback from students for teachers approved, but with riders.
Online admissions for BCom will continue as such, but colleges in Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana would effect admissions as per the earlier process. This decision was taken after complaints that online system was cumbersome for students of both districts and lot of complaints had been made.
From the new academic session, any college desirous of adding more than 70 seats would have to go in for two classes of 40 students each and also justify the faculty strength for the same.
Extension of affiliation be withdrawn to Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, for vocal music and mathematics courses from next academic session.
Appointment of Prof Ajit Singh as prof emeritus to Dr Manmoham Singh chair.
PU V-C said a committee would be formed to look into the demand that semester system be done away with in all affiliated colleges.
Senator Dilip Kumar demanded that even affiliated colleges be made to function for only five days a week as per UGC guidelines.
V-C Dr Arun Grover took a serious note of absence of both DPI (C) from Chandigarh and Punjab from the meeting, asserting that both should have been present in the meeting. He said that he would take up the matter with Punjab chief secretary and UT adviser.
Members requested the V-C to inspect affiliated colleges in rural areas since these were in very bad condition.
Why are you afraid? asks V-C
During the discussion on the student feedback issue, Prof Grover asked several protesting members in a lighter vein: Why were you so afraid of getting the feedback from students.
Many were of the view that students might "blackmail" teachers by misusing the feedback mechanism. However, PUCSC president Satinder Singh Satti hailed the efforts of V-C Dr Arun Grover in ensuring the implementation of the feedback system, while condemning the objections raised by many senators.