Dar Ovais

Dar Ovais is a Chandigarh-based Hindustan Times correspondent who covers higher education.

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Renu Vig is Panjab University V-C, first woman to hold the post

Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar has appointed Professor Renu Cheema Vig the 14th vice-chancellor of Panjab University (PU), making her the first woman to hold the position in the varsity’s history

Professor Renu Cheema Vig, the 14th vice-chancellor of Panjab University (PU), is the first woman to hold the position in the varsity’s history.
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 02:37 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Renu Vig appointed first woman vice-chancellor of Panjab University

Exercising the powers conferred by Section 10 of the Panjab University Act, 1947, the vice-president of India appointment Prog Renu Vig for as the varsity’s vice-chancellor for a term of three years

Renu Vig was appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of Panjab University. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 05:21 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

27% reduction needed in Panjab University’s non-teaching staff: Manpower audit

The manpower audit report submitted by Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) has recommended reducing non-teaching staffers from 3,864 to 2,823

The audit report has recommended filling up of leadership positions like registrar, dean, college development council, chief of university security, among others. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 09:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU syndicate approves implementation of academic bank of credits

The bank digitally stores the academic credits earned by students from registered higher education institutions

The academic bank of credits platform has been developed by the National e-Governance Division of the ministry of electronics and information technology under DigiLocker framework. (Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 03:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

ME/MTech courses: Relaxation in admission criteria gets PU syndicate nod

PU syndicate has approved doing away with the PU-Common Entrance Test (PG) for those seeking admission in ME and MTech courses at University Institute of Engineering and Technology and Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology for the next academic session

The relaxation was proposed by a PU panel in view of fewer enrolments. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 02:21 AM IST

Incumbent V-Cs from other varsities among 140 applicants for PU V-C’s post

After former V-C Raj Kumar’s resignation, the post was advertised last month and the last date to apply was March 24; among the total applicants, around 20 are from the Panjab University campus

Besides the officiating V-C, Renu Vig, the applicants from the PU campus include professors Rajeev Kumar Puri, Navdeep Goyal, Rajat Sandhir, Devinder Singh, Sukhbir Kaur, Sanjay Kaushik, DK Dhawan and SK Sharma, among others. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 02:21 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University syndicate nod to increase faculty’s retirement age to 65

Panjab University syndicate approves proposal for fresh amendments in retirement age of faculty members on its campus and at non-government affiliated colleges as per UGC recommendations

Matter will be forwarded to the PU senate before being returned to the regulations committee for finalisation. It will again come up before the syndicate and the senate for final approval, and then be sent to the central government. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 02:21 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU faculty aged over 62 may not be able to guide new PhD scholars

Faculty members with less than three years of completion of re-employment may not be allowed to take new research scholars at PU as per a proposed change in rules

PU faculty aged over 62 may not be able to guide new PhD scholars any more. (HT File)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 03:59 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU looks to relax admission criteria amid low enrolments

It has proposed doing away with the entrance exam PU-CET (PG) for those seeking admission in the courses at PU’s University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) for the next academic session to attract more students

Owing to the low number of applicants and resultantly fewer enrolments, Panjab University (PU) has proposed a relaxation in the admission criteria for its ME and MTech courses for the next academic session. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 12:33 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU bats for UGC regulations for retirement age, proposes fresh amendments

PU has proposed that the retirement age be as per the regulations of the UGC — which is 65 years as opposed to the varsit’s retirement age, which is 60 years at present

PU has proposes fresh amendments to let teachers’ retirement age be decided by the UGC rules. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 02:57 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University’s non-teaching staff foregoing promotions may lose future chances

If approved by the Panjab University syndicate and senate, the decision will be applicable to all non-teaching employees of PU campus, constituent colleges and regional centres

Panjab University has around 3,000 non-teaching employees working on campus and hundreds more in constituent colleges and regional centres (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 05:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

NAAC grade renewal: Panjab University working on submitting SSR by March 31

Panjab University has already submitted its Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA) that officials said had been accepted by NAAC

Eight months after its National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grade expired, Panjab University (PU) is finally preparing to submit the self-study report (SSR) to the accreditation body by March 31 for the grade’s renewal. (HT file photo for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 11:46 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU committee bats for removal of advertisement panels at cycle docking stations

Observers that Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) never sought any formal approval from the varsity to install docks with such panels

The advertisements, primarily for civil services exam coaching, are displayed at prominent places on the campus, including the Student Centre and the administrative block. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 05:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Come new session, PU’s hostel allotment likely be done online

While the online portal for PU hostel allotment was set up in 2019, it was not used after that session; students had continuously been pushing for the process to move back online.

PU recently held a meeting where a decision in the favour of online hostel allotment was taken. (HT File)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 07:39 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Tenders out, Panjab University’s campus cafe promises flavours aplenty

In the latest development, Panjab University also approved the coffee house’s expanded menu, with specified rates, to incorporate disparate cuisines and flavours that go beyond its original South Indian roots

A view of the South India Coffee house at Panjab University Chandigarh. (HT File)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 02:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh admn looking at 5-year posting for school principals, heads

Chandigarh education department has readied a draft policy for transfers of government school staff; objections have been invited by March 24

Currently, the Chandigarh education department has no clear transfer regulations for principals, heads, teachers and other staff working in government schools. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 01:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab budget on Friday; PU again writes to state govt for grant enhancement

The university has already written to the Punjab government a few times regarding the matter during the recent months. The PU urged the state government to enhance its annual grant to the university in view of the implementation of revised pay scales for teachers and non-teaching staff.

As the Punjab government will be presenting their full budget on Friday, Panjab University (PU) has once again written to the state government seeking enhancement of its annual recurring grant to the university, besides a one-time grant to clear arrears. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 11:52 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: PU seeks retirement benefit fund details from colleges

PU, Chandigarh, has sought “complete bank statements” of the fund from these colleges by March 20. The development comes after complaints that college teachers were not being given retirement benefits. The matter was also raised at the last meeting of PU senate, the university’s apex governing body.

Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has sought details of utilisation of the retirement benefit fund from all non-government colleges affiliated to it. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 08:56 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Five-day salary delay leaves Panjab University employees anxious

Panjab University officials said it was facing a technical issue with the PFMS portal, which has now been resolved; pay expected to be credited shortly

Salaries are usually credited in the Panjab University employees’ bank accounts on the first day of the month. (HT File)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 02:35 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU may allow students to pursue 2 academic programmes simultaneously

No other major university in the region is allowing students to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously so far and it is said that PU may be the first one to do so. The guidelines were issued in line with the objectives envisaged by the National Education Policy (NEP-2020)

Panjab University (PU) may allow students to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously from the next session, as the university is in the process to adopt the relevant guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC) issued last year. (Representational image)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

After PEC, Panjab University mulls going traditional for annual convocation

Panjab University considering to change the dress code for its annual graduation ceremony from convocation robes to traditional Indian attire

Panjab University has formed a panel to deliberate on dress code for its annual convocation. (HT File)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 02:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

One year of Ukraine war: Rescued, but not yet recovered, Chandigarh students count their losses

After thousands of Indian students were evacuated from Ukraine last year, the National Medical Council (NMC) allowed them to complete their medical education in other countries

Having spent months awaiting the National Medical Council’s (NMC) call on transfers, Chandigarh students recall their tumultuous journey since the Ukraine war. (HT File)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 04:29 AM IST
ByDar Ovais and Bhavey Nagpal, Chandigarh

Chandigarh railway station: Free window for pick and drop increased to 10 minutes

Introduced to decongest the pick-and-drop lane, the new parking system had ended up making arrivals at the station a nightmare for passengers

The new parking system, implemented in September, allowed private vehicles only a limited free access to the pick-and-drop lane — six minutes. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2023 03:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University V-C’s post to be advertised soon

The post fell vacant after former V-C Raj Kumar resigned on January 10, citing personal reasons, amid allegations of corruption in the university

It is learnt that the advertisement to invite the applications for PAU V-C’s post will be issued on Saturday (February 25), as the necessary work has been completed by the university administration. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 04:29 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University panel proposes fee hike for upcoming session

Before the 2022-23 session, the varsity had last increased the fee in 2019-20; the panel is also working on the new fee structure, with the fee hike incorporated

A Panjab University panel has recommended the hike, the second in as many years, for new admissions in the upcoming academic session at all teaching departments of the varsity. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 03:39 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Audit calls for finance board’s approval before enhancement of honorarium for PU guest faculty

The development has further delayed the benefit to PU guest faculty, who have been in limbo for years now; there are around 250 guest faculty members working in different departments of the varsity

PU’s audit department observed that the BoF approval was required as the matter concerned finances. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 03:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU faculty deans’ elected after two-year gap

The elections began with the faculty of dairying, animal husbandry and agriculture, where Amit Joshi was elected as dean

Deans preside over faculty meetings where all academic work, including change in syllabus and new courses are decided. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 03:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University senate removes UIET teacher, Vig gets extension as DUI

Imposing major penalty for unauthorised absence from duty, the Panjab University senate decided to UIET teacher

Panjab University senate removes UIET teacher from service, while okaying the Vig’s extension as DUI. (HT File)
Published on Feb 20, 2023 10:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

38% engineering seats at Panjab University find no takers

As many as 329 of the 875 seats offered by Panjab University two engineering institutes have remained vacant in the 2022-23 session

Faculty members at the institutes attribute the poor intake to the delayed Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) last year. (HT)
Published on Feb 19, 2023 03:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU rulebook dictates service rules of aided colleges’ teachers, says Chandigarh admn

Amid teaching and non-teaching staff’s protest for implementation of UGC regulations, Chandigarh admn says it cannot enhance teachers’ retirement age from 60 to 65 years unless the requisite amendments are made in Panjab University’s regulations Amid the relentless protest by teaching and non-teaching staff of aided colleges, the Chandigarh administration in its first-ever response to protesters’ demands has said that it cannot enhance the teachers’ retirement age from 60 to 65 years unless the requisite amendments are made in Panjab University’s (PU) rulebook

The service conditions of the around 500 teachers at city’s seven privately managed, government-aided colleges are determined by the PU Calendar, as per which the retirement age is 60 years. (HT)
Published on Feb 17, 2023 04:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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