PU moves to use surplus items from departments

Panjab University (PU) has initiated a move to transfer surplus items lying unused with any department to those departments that need them. These items include tables, chairs, lab instruments, almirahs and computers.

So far, 26 departments have responded to the letter issued by the varsity authorities on October 19 seeking details about surplus items they have.

Reportedly, the Department of Mathematics has 22 surplus computers, the Law Department has 15 surplus computers and the Botany Department said that it has 50 microscopes lying unused.

This matter of putting unused items into use also witnessed discussion in the Senate meeting held on Sunday.

The varsity authorities are also mulling the creation of more spaces in the departments. It was held that all the departments, located in one block/ building, have their own small libraries, and that these libraries can be shifted to one room.

Interestingly, the varsity has asked Dr Tankeshwar Kumar, Director, Computer Centre to assign the duty to any computer expert to check the surplus computers in the departments itself.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Dean, University Instructions (DUI) Prof R K Kholi said that using surplus resources can help the varsity economically. For instance, science departments always need modern computers, so old computers lying with them can be shifted to other departments.

As the Botany Department has 50 surplus microscopes, those can be given to schools, Prof Kholi added.

In the Senate meeting, Panjab University Teachers' Association (PUTA) president Mohammed Khalid had raised the point of clearing rooms and corridors carrying heaps of broken furniture so that the beauty of the departments can be restored.

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