The Panjab University Senate and Syndicate both met on Tuesday. In its meeting, the Senate sanctioned the prosecution of S.K. Padama and Nand Lal Kaushik by the CBI in a corruption case In the R.R. Wanchoo case, the Senate decided that the as the case pertains to incidents that happened when Wanchoo was on deputation to the NIT, it was proper to ask for clarification from NIT and afterwards the syndicate would take a decision on behalf of the Senate. Senate members said that the cases should be treated separately as they involved different issues.
The Senate approved introduction of Road Safety and Environment as a college-level subject citing the need for institutions of high education to respond to the ever-increasing loss of human life in road accidents.
The Senate also approved the appointment of A.K. Bhandari as PU Registar. It was recorded in the minutes that Bhandari deserved the post.
The Senate also took up the Academic Performance Index. This index is a criterion for faculty recruitment. Templates for interviews were also placed before the Senate. The Senate decided that a person holding a PhD from any year is eligible for selection. Colleges are to adopt the templates used by the University. An expert committee was formed work out the details.
Meanwhile, members of the PU Student Council boycotted the Senate meeting and protested in front of the Administrative Block. They demanded that a student representative be allowed to speak in Senate even if for only five minutes.
Senate members questioned why the Senate and Syndicate meetings scheduled for 26 December were preponed to 20 December, just after the MC election elections. Defeated Congress candidate Anu Chatrath, along with other members, expressed their dissatisfaction.
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