PU to look at ways to rotate department heads

The matter of rotational headship in the various departments including institutes, centres and schools of Panjab University (PU) seems to have become a bone of contention, with no solution in sight even after several committees have been constituted to look into the issue.

Yet another committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover is going to meet on Tuesday.

It is learnt that problems regarding the headship is prevalent in the departments like University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospitals.

Even the Punjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) had recently written two letters to the V-C after it received representation from UILS faculty seeking rotation of headship.

"We wrote to the V-C about the rotation of headship in all the departments. We put forth that rotation should be consonant with rules and regulations as mentioned in the PU calender," said PUTA president Mohammad Khalid.

In the Syndicate meeting held on November 4, while deliberating on the recommendations of a committee dated July 7, members had resolved that the matter be referred to a committee to be constituted by the V-C to examine the issue in detail.

The committee dated July 7 had recommended that in principle and practice the rotation of headship may be followed across all the departments, institutes, centres and schools.

However, where there is a statutory requirement by the relevant council that a professor could be the head, the rotation may take place only among professors.

As per the documents, of Syndicate proceedings dated November 4 in possession with Chandigarh Newsline, the V-C had stated that over the last 15 years the varsity had established units having independent entities- UIET, UILS, Dental Institute and others working under the varsity umbrella.

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