From the new academic session starting July 2016, Panjab University (PU) will be introducing a five-year integrated course in life sciences at its institute of life science education and research on the south campus.
This was announced by vicechancellor professor Arun Kumar Grover on Wednesday at a press conference. Prof Grover released the schedule of Hargobind Khorana lectures starting from January 4, 2016.
Grover said the decision to introduce the five-year integrated course in life sciences was to give identity to the south campus, which will be offer a cluster of specialised courses in biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology and dental at the same place.
Grover said though the programme would begin from July 2016, it would be officially inaugurated by the Nobel laureate and president of the Royal Society professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
Grover also shared that the pharmacy department on the main campus would also be shifted to Sector 25, which would make room for expansion of departments of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS).
He said, “By shifting the pharmacy departments to the south campus, the latter will become a biomedical campus. We will work to make it number 1 in the country.”
PU’s transit accommodation plan at Sanrangpur may see light of day
A long-pending proposal of Panjab University to come up with first-of-its kind transit accommodation for faculty and research scholars on the 135-acre land allotted to it in Sarangpur is likely to see light of the day. The proposal has been prepared, but it is yet to be submitted to the UT Administration for implementation.
Vice-chancellor professor Arun Kumar Grover said on Wednesday that it has been decided to dedicate onethird of the land for transit accommodation; one-third for new projects or a skill development centre and remaining one-third for a sports complex, according to the Centre’s norms asking universities to include sports in the curriculum.
Earlier, the UT Administrator had asked the varsity authorities to develop transit accommodation on priority to facilitate the faculty and research scholars.
Commenting on it, professor Grover said, “We are also emphasising on having a skill development centre at Sarangpur for students. My motive is to complete this project before I complete my tenure.”
Meanwhile, talking about the issue of long-pending grants, professor Grover said that he spoke to a senior official from the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) on Wednesday morning, who told him that the ministry has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to release the funds. So, now it depends on the UGC that how much time they take to release the funds.
“In the first instalment, it is expected to receive a grant of Rs 150 crore. While, we will manage to pay the salaries to our employees January somehow, but they will not be receiving their salary arrears till money is released from the Centre. The arrears will be paid to the employees later, once we receive the required grants.”