Published On: Tue, Jan 3rd, 2012

Punjab University to scrap ancient courses goes online

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Panjab University seems to be moving ahead with times. In a long overdue move,  faced with very few or no enrolments for past few years, PU administration has decided to scrap around two dozen old courses. Some of the courses are in fact ancient, dating back to pre-Partition days when Panjab University was known as the Oriental College of Lahore without any change in the education pattern and curriculum.

The courses being considered for scrapping include the Ratna, Bhushan, Budhiman, Vidwan, Adib, Adib Alim, Adib Fazil, Maulvi, Maulvi Alim, Maulvi Fazil, etc .The subjects offered have become irrelevant and therefore the low enrolments but PU has continued to offer them as one year diploma or as certificate courses.

How ever not only only students but even finding teachers for teaching, setting and evaluating question papers for the courses is getting tougher. But the university had to undergo the entire process even if one student took admission in the course.

“The University is thinking of scrapping some of the ancient courses that do not have takers. There have been various meetings over this issue between examination and academic staff members of the respective departments under which these are still being offered. Since these could not be revived, it would be wise enough to wind them from the curriculum,” said the Controller of Examinations Prof A K Bhandari to Indian Express.

In another decision, Panjab University is starting virtual classrooms in 2012 where teachers would be online for solving doubts and answering queries of students.

As per the project, PU’s computer centre is setting up a special multi-media lab which would take recordings of live classroom lectures and make them available on university website in both video and audio formats.

“No institute, except IIT-Ropar, is doing this in the region. We have got a grant of Rs 50 lakh for this project. The lab studio will be set up in a week’s time. All the recordings of lectures will be uploaded on PU’s website,” director of PU’s computer centre K Tankeshwar told Times Of India.

“Our campus students can directly access them and even download them, whereas other students will need to first register online. We had sent circulars to all PU teachers, inviting their reactions. Response is encouraging and so far, over 50 teachers have registered their consent,” added Tankeshwar.

The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology is supporting this project of PU.

PU’s computer centre will also facilitate online chatting and interaction between teachers and students, through video conferencing.

“We will set up chat rooms so that students and teachers can discuss various topics. This will enable a student sitting in any part of the country to interact with PU faculty. It would also motivate the teachers to update their knowledge base as they would be supposed to deliver lectures on latest topics to an unknown audience,” pointed out Tankeshwar.

Participating teachers will be paid a fixed remuneration depending up on the number of lectures.