UoP to restore independent status of 11 departments

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The academic council of the University of Peshawar (UoP) has decided to restore the independent status of 11 departments.

UoP spokesperson Akhtar Amin told Dawn that the independent status of the 11 departments was abolished in 2009. Those departments were merged into different institutes, he added. “But now the decision has been reversed with consensus of 70 per cent employees of the relevant departments,” he said.

Mr Amin said that a committee was formed for the purpose that presented its recommendations to the university administration. He said that a meeting was held on Wednesday with Vice-chancellor Dr Rasul Jan in the chair to discuss the issue in detail.

The meeting, he said, after threadbare discussion approved unanimously to dissolve five institutes and restore independent status of their component departments.

These institutes include institute of archaeology and anthropology; institute of physics and electronics; institute of social work, sociology and gender studies; institute of Islamic and Arabic studies; and institute of Urdu and Persian languages and literature.

The decision would be implemented after approval of syndicate, the UoP spokesperson said. He added that meeting of syndicate was expected to be held in March.

The academic council, he said, also approved regulations framed for streamlining of the distance education programme of UoP. The BS students of an affiliated college of the university were allowed to get admission in the LLB programme of UoP, Mr Amin said.

The meeting also took exception to BA (Hons) three-year programme run by Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and suggested that it should be converted into four years and necessary changes should be made in the syllabus accordingly.

Besides, the meeting formed a six-member committee headed by controller examination Dr Rashid Khan to bring changes in the process of examination and make relevant to current requirements. The committee would present draft of proposed changes in the next meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Dr Rasul Jan said that bringing changes in various disciplines in line with the demands of the higher education and job market was a continuous process.

He said that pre-merger status of the 11 departments was restored to ensure better administrative control and academic excellence. He added that he was glad to see consensus of the teaching departments in that regard.

The vice-chancellor termed streamlining of the distance education programme a great achievement. He said that the network of distance education programme would be extended to more cities, Fata and neighboring Afghanistan to provide affordable higher education to the people on both sides of Durand Line

Source: The Frontier Post.