Syndicate, senate elections wastage of time: PU V-C

  • Ifrah Mufti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2015 11:52 IST
Panjab University VC Arun Kumar Grover. (HT Photo)

In order to bring reforms in the governing body of the Panjab University (PU), the think tank, which was constituted two months back to improve the financial health of the Panjab University (PU), will now also contribute towards improving the structure of syndicate and senate.

PU vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover said this on Wednesday while sharing the future plans. He said the think tank will work to bring the possible reforms in the larger body of the varsity and to streamline its vision.

Talking about the current situation, V-C said conducting syndicate or senate elections is wastage of time since it does not have permanence and works without a vision.

Professor Grover added, “What is the need of having the syndicate election when there is no vision? When the team of the national assessment and accreditation council (NAAC) had visited our university, they had also asked about the vision of the governing body. What could be its vision, when the governing body is not permanent and members are free to change their faculties after two years?”

“Also, as people can opt for two major faculties and two minor faculties, I think only two faculties are enough,” he added.

Professor Grover added, “Considering the NAAC’s report, we need to work on the required reforms in the governing body. The think tank, which we formed this year, will work on the restructuring of the varsity’s governing body.”

Meanwhile, president of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) Professor Akshaya Kumar said, “NAAC had already stated in its report that the governing body needs to be restructured and undergo administrative changes. To bring certain reforms, a referendum needs to be passed among the teachers and the initiative needs to come from the senate as well.”

“By restructuring the governing body, we do not want to dismiss its contribution. It’s not that we do not want a senate, but we want a senate with certain improvements,” added Professor Kumar.

PUTA has already written to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) secretary, requesting him to intervene and put the senate elections scheduled for next year on hold till the reforms are made.

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