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Punjab University plans to merge small departments, centers : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, March 31

Punjab University plans to merge small departments and centers ahead of a visit by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), sources said.

Board members are due to complete an assessment at the university in June. At a recent Senate meeting, Vice Chancellor Prof. Raj Kumar had expressed concern about declining student interest in language departments, which was affecting college scores on the NAAC criteria.

When it last visited PU in 2015, the board gave the university an A grade with 3.35 points, out of four. Sources, meanwhile, claimed that university authorities initiated the process and the Dean, University Instructions (DUI), was appointed to head a committee that would deliberate on the matter and make recommendations.

The council had previously recommended the consolidation of small related departments for effective and efficient teaching, learning and research.

PUTA writes on VC

The Panjab University Professors Association (PUTA) has condemned the university’s decision to merge and allocate space to certain centres/departments without involving the relevant presidents or coordinators. PUTA representatives argued that university authorities have recently, without any written/official instructions, initiated the merger of some centers/departments. “Furthermore, pursuant to DoPT guidelines issued by Cernre from time to time, verbal orders are not orders. The Vice-Chancellor is urged to take immediate steps to put an end to these illegal and unfair means in the management of the administration. —TNS