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If the recent trend in arts departments at Panjab University (PU) is anything to go by, then admission to post-graduate courses will become harder from the current academic session. With lesser number of seats than previous years in two prominent courses - English and History, these departments are now citing dearth of resources and insufficient teaching staff as a reason for rollback in number of seats.
The Board of Control (BoC) at the departments of History and English have resolved to reduce the number of seats from 68 to 50 for History and 149 to 100 for English, for the new academic session 2012-2013. The BoC, chaired by the department head along with senior professors, teachers on rotation basis and teachers of allied subjects collectively decide the fate of number of seats in a course each year at PU.
"We were asked to raise the number of seats a few years ago by the vice-chancellor. However, there was no improvement in the condition of the department - neither was the infrastructure improved nor was the existing staffs enough to handle the hiked seats pressure. Hence, a move was mooted to rollback seats to the original number," said Rajiv Lochan, chairperson, department of History, PU.
And others too want to follow suite. "There are other departments who want to reduce the number seats as well. Most of them say the seats were increased by the varsity promising better infrastructure. However, the benefits have never reached these departments, they claim," said an official of the dean university instruction office at PU, who declined to be named.
Courtesy: Times of India
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