The year was a mixed bag for the Panjab University (PU) and the UT Education Department. It was a historic year for PU as it completed 130 years of its existence - 65 years before and 65 years after Independence.
PU continued to be a hotbed of politics with several prominent faces in the race for the post of Vice-Chancellorship as well as for the Syndicate and Senate. Emerging as a strong contender, Prof Arun Kumar Grover of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, grabbed the post of V-C and the varsity gave its farewell to Prof R C Sobti, who had headed it for six years.
The varsity was criticized for allowing the lecture of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the campus. Various student outfits including the Student Organization of India (SOI), Students Federation of India (SFI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) condemned the authorities for allowing Gandhi to visit the campus.
For the first time, the GK Chatrath group failed to register its victory in the Syndicate election. It was the Ashok Goyal group that managed all the seats in the Syndicate. The year also saw Senate elections which comprises 91 members. Even in the Senate election, the Goyal group defeated the Chatrath group.
Moreover, the various student outfits on the campus gave very tough time to the PU authorities as they held a week long protest over increase in the hostel diet charges. Police had to intervene to control the situation. Meanwhile, students were also actively involved in politics. Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) in alliance with parties defeated the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU).
Meanwhile in the schools, in an attempt to bring uniformity in the admissions process, the UT Education Department issued a common admission schedule in November for private and government schools. The schedule was advisory in nature. Furthermore, a second government smart school was built in Sector 50. The education department also appointed 224 TGT’s teachers.
A huge rush was witnessed outside the private schools for the prized admission forms for the entry level classes. Parents criticized the private school authorities for their inappropriate management. Over 5720 forms were sold for 720 seats meant for entry classes.
Private schools authorities and UT education department decided to introduce online availability of admission forms from next time.
The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) gave a clean chit to St John’s