CHANDIGARH: Punjab Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan today announced to conduct state level eligibility test for college lecturers on UGC pattern keeping in view the non availability of required UGC qualified lecturers for the State colleges.
Interacting with media persons after receiving the Interim Report on Higher Education submitted by Punjab Education Policy Committee here today, Sekhwan reiterated that the SAD-BJP government' ' 's commitment to improve the standards of higher education in the State and promised to get approved the final recommendations of the committee from the State government. He said that the committee was constituted to draft State' ' 's education policy keeping in view the requirements as well as the future trends of higher education in coming 25 years.
The Education Policy Committee headed by Dr. SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, GNDU in its interim report recommended conduct of State Level College Lecturer Eligibility Test, setting up of Punjab Higher Education Regulatory Authority, Punjab College Education Board for enabling Universities to concentrate more on research work, starting of new subjects i.e. gender sensitivity, environment, disaster management and moral values besides ensuring flexibility in syllabus.
Talking of the private colleges, the committee underlines the need to review the present financial assistance arrangement with Rs. 15,000 per student assistance and recommended constitution of Managing council, Recruitment Board to ensure transparent recruitments, Grievances Redressal Tribunal besides starting Contributory Provident Fund and Student welfare fund.
The Committee also recommended the appointments of DPI and Principals from those eligible Principals and Lectures, who have at least two years remaining of service and Rs. 500 per student assistance for state of art infrastructure and teaching aids. It has also recommended that for setting up of a private university minimum land requirement should be 100 acres. Besides this, the Syndicate should have 15 and Senate should have 60 members for any such university.
Talking of State Universities, it has recommended 25 percent increase in present grants besides 10 percent per year increase on wards. It has also recommended setting up Research and Development Fund Foundation.
The other members of committee, Mr. Darbara Singh Kahlon, Mr. SK Modi, Dr. Ajmer Singh, Dr. Avtar Singh Uppal, Mr. Satnam Singh Sekhon. Dr. Satish Verma and Prof. Harjit Singh Bulahri were also present on the occasion[/size]