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Punjabi University to introduce reforms to benefit from scheme

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, June 26, 2014
First Published: 10:08 IST(26/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:37 IST(26/6/2014)

In an attempt to get financial grants from the central government, the cash-strapped Punjabi University is keen on introducing academic reforms under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a central-government scheme.

The university authorities have decided to introduce semester system in all regular undergraduate and postgraduate courses, besides reserving 25% mark for internal assessment from the upcoming academic session. In the senate meeting held on Wednesday, the university authorities also gave their nod to establish three centralised research labs for the sciences, social sciences and languages in order attain the stature of ‘centre of excellence for research’.

The implementation of RUSA may help authorities to fetch more than Rs. 500 crore for the development of colleges affiliated to the university.

Pointing out that the funding to state universities was much lesser compared to the central universities, vice chancellor Jaspal Singh said, “These academic reforms will be implemented from the coming academic session in order to get grants from the Centre under the RUSA project.”

Meanwhile, the university had already sent a proposal to the state government about the requirements for implementing RUSA at colleges.

At the meeting, college development council dean Jamshid Ali Khan said the requirements to be met under the RUSA are implementation of cumulative grade point average (CGPA) system of grading, skill development, language development and personality development as an integral part of the main curriculum and starting more employment-oriented courses.

Besides, providing specialised coaching to students of reserved categories to prepare them for national and state-level competitive examinations and establishing scholarship cells to facilitate automatic transfer of scholarship amount to bank accounts were the other requirements, Khan said.

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