In the first syndicate meeting of the year on Sunday, Panjab University (PU) cleared some important proposals for the benefit of students.
In an attempt to promote skill development and entrepreneurship, the syndicate accorded its approval for setting up of centre of skill development and entrepreneurship.
As per the proposal, the university will involve experts from the industry as adjunct faculty to bridge the skill gap of students through a structured programme. The centre will have one each honorary director; coordinator; co-coordinator; two career counsellors; and four trainers.
Study abroad semester introduced
The university has introduced study abroad semester for international or non-resident Indians students willing to study here. The fee structure for this was also approved during the meeting, according to which, each student will need to pay $350 as the registration fee and half of the annual fee as the semester fee.
The decision was taken considering the university receiving a number of queries from international students or NRIs, who want to study for a semester here.
The study abroad option is a part of the curriculum of many international universities, as per which they allow their students to attend classes in a foreign university and semester is treated as completed with the host institution clearing and allotting credits.
Subject to the approval of the competent authority and academic bodies, the option can even be availed by the other international universities with which the PU does not have any formal memorandum of understanding (MoUs).
Research pool of Rs 50 lakh
The proposal of PU fellow professor DVS Jain to create Prem Lata and professor DVS Jain research foundation with the cost of Rs 50 lakh was also approved.
As per the proposal, Rs 4 lakh interest amount will be contributed every year by the foundation on different scientific research promotional plans. One bright research scholar will be given Rs 6,000 monthly scholarship and Rs 1 lakh will be given to a newly-appointed faculty of the PU science departments for research.
Also, Rs 30,000 will be allocated every year to the chemistry department library for buying specific books and Rs 20,000 for buying text books for the text book bank. The foundation will give Rs 30,000 to a science faculty member as the best researcher award and Rs 40,000 per annum for the conceptual consolidation in innovative areas lecture series.
The syndicate also approved change in quorum conditions for the general body meeting of the PU student council to 20% instead of 25 % earlier.
The proposal of giving weightage of 1, 2 and 3% of the obtained marks to A, B and C NSS certificate holders, respectively, was also cleared. The new guidelines and weightage criteria for the A, B and C certificates were also approved.
In another important decision, the syndicate also approved granting of extension of six months beyond two years for submission of PhD synopsis. Earlier, students had to submit synopsis within the time period of two years.
Approval for setting up of centre of skill development and entrepreneurship
Introduces study abroad semester for international or non-resident Indians students willing to study here
Decision to create Prem Lata and professor DVS Jain research foundation with the cost of Rs 50 lakh approved
Change in quorum conditions for a general body meet of the PU student council to 20% instead of 25 % earlier
Proposal of giving weightage of 1, 2 and 3% of the obtained marks to A, B and C NSS certificate holders cleared