The Academic council of University of Peshawar Monday in its meeting decided to abolish third division from its bachelor’s programme to bring overall improvement in the academic standards at the higher education. The meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan approved that students obtaining third divisions in their BA/ B. Sc examination would be considered failed unless they improve their marks up to the second division in any of the two optional subject in their supplementary examinations.
The meeting also convened an eleven member oversight committee headed by Dean Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Studies Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz to scrutinize and proportionate certificate, diploma, Masters and research degree programme courses for the newly established Institute of Peace and Conflict Management Studies.
Besides special relaxation option for bachelor and masters students’ with one compart subject in their exams to appear in B. Ed and M. ED examination simultaneously with the fail subject was accorded to save precious time of those keen in pursuing teaching profession.
In addition the proposed up gradation of department of mathematics to the institute of pure and applied mathematics was approved while a separate degree format made by a committee so constituted for the purpose was also acceded after necessary corrections. The decisions taken would be implemented after formal approval from the University syndicate in its meeting to be held shortly.
Addressing the meeting the Vice Chancellor said that Institute of Peace and Conflict Management Studies would be operational from this academic year under the faculty of social sciences. He added that the IPCMS (Institute of Peace and Conflict Management Studies) would be made as a model institute that would offer special certificate and diploma courses to professionals of different fields while masters and research degree programmes would also be offered in it to generate skilled human resource to the market. The Institute would also work as think tank for the provincial government and make policy recommendation on management of various crisis situations in the region, added the Vice Chancellor.
He said that University of Peshawar being the mother institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa must lead the way and raise the bar of its academic standards and for the same abolishing of third division and various other decisions have been taken.