PU accepts proposal to introduce communication skills in PG courses
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The Panjab University (PU) syndicate on Saturday accepted the recommendations of its Academic Council, to make communication skills an integral part of all postgraduate courses. The syndicate also accepted a proposal that called for the introduction of two papers, from allied disciplines, for postgraduate courses while students will have the option to pick the disciplines.
The House, however, felt that the recommendations needed rephrasing and has decided to take up the issue in the next meeting.
The syndicate members, in an attempt to ease the criteria for PhD admissions, approved recommendations of the Standing Committee that permanent or regular university teachers and those belonging to affiliated colleges, with a minimum of two years experience, be exempted from the entrance test.
The PU syndicate also approved the reservation of one seat, over and above the prescribed eight seats for teachers of affiliated colleges, for the university's MPhil course. Students, who were enrolled on the basis of a duly conducted test, would be granted exemption from the Ph.D. entrance test till the Joint Entrance Test for Ph.D./M.Phil. is conducted by the University. The House also gave its nod for the constitution of a Research Promotion Cell, in a bid to encourage research in affiliated colleges.
Anish kapoor to be honoured
The syndicate has accepted recommendations to confer the title of D Litt (honoris causa) degrees on renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor and historian Romila Thapar while the D.Sc (honoris causa) degree will be awarded to theoretical physicist Prof Ashoke Sen, the youngest Indian after Independence to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of England, and Prof M S Raghunathan, a well-known mathematician. All of them will be handed their degrees in the next Convocation to be held in 2013.
The University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology will now be renamed as Dr S S Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology.