On the recommendation of the committee constituted for the purpose, the academic council of the University of Peshawar has decided to restore the status of eleven disciplines as independent departments after brining five institutes of varsity into the pre merger status. The meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan after threadbare discussion unanimously approved dissolving of five institutes: the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute of Physics and Electronics, the Institute of Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies, the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies and the Institute of Urdu and Persian Languages and Literature. The decision would be implemented after approval of the University syndicate.
The academic council also approved regulations framed for streamlining of the distance education programme of the University of Peshawar. Also in case of an affiliated college of the University, the BS students were allowed to get admission into the LLB programme of varsity. The body also took exception to the BA ( Hons) three year programme run by the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and suggested that the same programme should be converted into four years and necessary changes be brought in the syllabus accordingly.
Besides in order to make the conduct of examination current with the demands of the students, a six member committee led by Controller Examination Prof. Dr. Rashid Khan was constituted to finalize draft of changes to be brought in the forthcoming meeting of the body.
Brining changes in various disciplines in line with the demands of the higher education and job market was a continuous process in order to get along with the global requirements said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan in his address to the august body. He added that the departments have been given a pre merger status to ensure better administrative control and academic excellence, adding that he was glad to see consensus of the teaching departments in this regard.
The Vice Chancellor termed streamlining of the distance education programme as a mild stone achievement. He said that the network of distance education programme would be extended to more cities, FATA and the neighboring Afghanistan in order to provide affordable higher education to the people on both sides of the divide.
Source: UOP Official.