The University of Punjab, which is already suffering from shortage of staff for revaluation and examination result, has yet another challenge now with the proposed semester system at the under graduate level.
The university has planned to introduce the system in the next session (2014-15) and for the successful launch, certain changes need to be done in the current syllabus as well as conducting of examinations twice a year across Punjab University's affiliated 188 colleges.
Parvinder Singh, Punjab University's Controller of Examination says "I have already brought his concerns to the notice of the 18-member panel that approved the system on Monday."
He further stated "We need to review the existing system and infrastructural review and re-consolidation of staff are required. The traditional system of conducting examinations is not viable for the semester system. We will have to switch over to the online system since the idea of sending out roll numbers, admit cards etc. by post twice a year is not practical."
Madhu Raka, Dean University Instructions (DUI) says "PU as well as colleges will have to bring in reforms since the government had linked grants under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyaan (RUSA) to the semester system. A lot of reforms are needed before we completely implement the semester system. We will again hold a meeting in December to review the feedback from various departments."