PU adopts ambiguous criteria for courses, MSc (petroleum) loses out
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Authorities scrap course from this academic year citing lack of students
Panjab University authorities have decided to scrap the MSc (petroleum) course, being offered by the Department of Geology, citing a lack of students. On the contrary, students who cleared the entrance test in 2011 for admission in MSc (petroleum) were denied admission by the department and no session was conducted.
There has also been no attempts to attract students. The self-financed course is run by a department equipped with the best infrastructure, including an ONGC chair and faculty.
Panjab University (PU) appears to be following an ambiguous criteria while deciding on whether to keep its courses running. While there are only two students enrolled in Urdu and one in English in the Department of Evening studies, no questions have been raised on the continuity of these course.
On the other hand, a proposal had been mooted to scrap the Police Administration course from the same department, despite over 100 students enrolling for the course every year. The university authorities claimed that the course was considered for scrapping as there was an absence of regular faculty member.
A committee comprising Dean of University Instructions (DUI) Prof Bhupinder Singh Brar, Dean of Students' Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia, Dean of Arts Faculty BS Ghuman and chairman of the evening department Indu Tewari was formed, to decide the fate of the Police Administration course.
It was then decided that the course would be allowed to continue if a permanent faculty member was transferred from the Centre for Police Administration to the evening college department.
DUI Bhupinder Singh Brar said: "Police administration has been a popular choice among students, according to the number of enrollments. On the contrary, the petroleum course failed to attract students."
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