Patiala: The Punjabi university, Patiala, has failed to hold a syndicate meeting since last eight months despite holding it has to hold a meeting every month or at least 11 meetings in a year to decide the important matters in a collective wisdom.
The failure of the government to recommend 3 names for nomination as members of the syndicate is also said to be one of the reasons behind university's apathy to hold a syndicate meeting. In the syndicate, there are 11 members including the professors, retired professors and 3 government representatives. Among the faculty as well as syndicate members the meeting of the syndicate is now being felt as the need of the hour.
However, no effort has been taken by the university authorities to hold the meeting and decide on several matters, including the decision over re-employment of retired teachers, or other matters related to the welfare of the university.
"The government has failed to get appointed its 3 representatives. This further had delayed the matter as the university authorities are hesitating to hold the meeting. They want to hold the meeting in presence of 3 representatives of the state government, state education secretary, and a DPI. Usually, in past, the legislators have been appointed as the government representatives but this is not good for the health of the university. The members of the government should be academicians instead of politicians," said, Balkar Singh, a syndicate member, and former professor.
"The VC alone cannot take decisions regarding university and thus the approval of syndicate is must for prominent decisions. There has been no syndicate meeting held whereas the one in April to discuss the budget only was held," added Balkar Singh.
Notably, for a long period the Punjabi university had worked without regular vice-chancellor and now the new VC has been appointed by the government over a month ago. The vice-chancellor BS Ghuman could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, however, university's registrar Manjit Singh Nijjar, "We have sent the request to government twice and again we will send them another request soon to give their nominees for appointment in the syndicate-body so that we could hold a meeting."