Senate Meeting of Guru Nanak Dev University Held
Amritsar, August 23: The Senate meeting of the Guru Nanak Dev University was held here today in the Senate Hall of the University. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu presided over while Registrar Prof. K.S. Kahlon presented the agenda. Prof. S.S. Behl, Dean Academic Affairs and members of Senate were present to discuss various issues.
Prof. Sandhu accorded floral welcome to Dr. Dharambir Agnihotri, MLA, Tarn Taran, Sardar Pargat Singh, MLA, Jalandhar and Sardar Barindermeet Singh Pahra, MLA, Gurdaspur who attended this meeting first time as Punjab Govt. nominees.
The Senate meeting approved the proceedings of previous Syndicate meeting which included the start of new courses at various departments and constituent colleges of University.
While addressing the members Prof. Sandhu highlighted the various National and International achievements of the University during the last two years. He said that during this the Campus itself speaks about the progress of the university. He said all developments were made dedicatedly through grant money received from various funding agencies. The tried to provide the International level infrastructure and facilities to the students to meet international standards. With the result, there is a substantial rise in admissions in various courses this year also.
He further said that after having made its mark on the national arena, Guru Nanak Dev University has been given its due place of pride by an international leading assessment agency in the world of higher education. It is a matter of great honour that the Guru Nanak Dev University has been placed at 7th position among the public state universities of India and 48th position among all the prestigious institutions of India including the likes of IISc, IITs and central universities. It is also worth mentioning that Guru Nanak Dev University is now among the top 8.7% universities of the World.
He also informed the Senators about other developments which included student-centric activities such as Clubs, Movies Gallery, Facilitation centre, Upgradation of Swimming pool & Gymnasium Hall, dining halls, Repair of washrooms at various Hostels and Buildings, Introduction of various innovative schemes which are beneficial for students, faculty and employees. In the Faculty Centric activities; Promotions under CAS, the appointment of new teachers, formation Centralized Purchase the committee, Rationalization of Space, appointing Teachers Mentors of clubs, H-Index of Research, Field weighted citation impact, Innovation & Development Board etc. are included. Regarding infrastructure; installation of Solar Energy Plants installed in all buildings, Plantation, Auditorium Upgradation, Creation of Convention centre, Boom barriers for traffic regulation, Vehicle Free zone-Two parking lots, Girls security – Raising the Boundry wall, Upgradation of the reading room, Boys and Girls Hostel, Working women hostel for PhD Scholars and Upgradation of University Guest House has been done.
The Digital Initiatives by the University include: Interactive Website, Online admissions, Online Hostel Allocations, Online Transcripts, Online Guest House Booking, Online approval of committees for College Development Council, File Tracking System, National Academic Depository, new alumni a website with data regarding donations etc.
Prof. Sandhu thanked the Senate members and invited all to play a pro-active role in the further progress of the University. The members of the Senate appreciated the various development activities are undertaken and offered for help for furthermore development of the University.
The members presented their views and suggestions. S. Pargat Singh said that more practical exposer should be given to students along with theory in various subjects. S. Pahra said that need-based courses should be more encouraged with practical training. Sh. Dharamveer Agnihotri said that the need of the hour is to check the immigration of Punjab students. Prof. S.S. Johal said that more seminars needed to be organized on various issues relating to higher education.