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Chandigarh, March 2nd 2006 Tribune News Service

Punjab Engineering College proposes to allow migration of students from other engineering colleges to the college. A proposal to this effect will be discussed during the meeting of the members of the Board of Governors of the institute tomorrow.

Currently, PEC does not have any provision for migration of students from other colleges. Proposing that this be done to fill vacant seats in the college after the admission process, sources in PEC, however, said a set of conditions would be laid down for such migrations.

A vacancy has to be available in the particular course in the college before cases for migration are taken up. Migration will be permitted only in the beginning of the IIIrd semester of BTech programme.

Applications for such migrations will be invited through an announcement in the college website alone.

Students seeking migration to the college in a specific branch should have obtained an AIEEE ranking better than that of the last student admitted in that branch in the relevant category for that batch and also must have passed all his courses at the present institution and must not have secured less than 60 per cent marks in these courses in aggregate.

Heads of both institutes will have to be on agreement on the migration and the process of migration must be completed at least two weeks before the beginning of the first semester of the college in July/August.

No migration will be permitted after this deadline.

Another important agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is the proposal that the system of annual confidential reports (ACRs) of the faculty be replaced by an open system of assessment for them.

According to this new system, a time contract will be filled by the faculty member detailing plans of activities that he/she wishes to undertake at the beginning of the year.

At the end of the year, the faculty member will then give a list of achievements as compared to the projected target. The results of the students’ responses will be attached with this report.

Another proposal regarding payment of honorarium to the staff present on vacation — during summer/winter term — for the conduct of courses will also be discussed.

As per the new academic programme, the college is expected to run a vacation term programme besides regular semesters.

It has been proposed that for teaching an eight-week course during the vacations, a sum equal to half of the teacher’s one month’s basic pay (including dearness allowance) be paid as honorarium.

In case the duration of the teaching is less than eight weeks then the honorarium amount will be reduced in proportion to the time spent.

The board members will also reconsider the admission criteria and fee for international students to the college.

PEC had contacted the Educational consultants Limited (EdCIL) to entrust the responsibility of these admissions to PEC. However, the EdCIL, which follows the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) criteria for admission and annual fee, was found to be following different criteria from the one proposed by the PEC.

PEC also proposes to constitute various awards for its employees, including meritorious service awards for faculty, class C (ministerial and technical) and class D employees and recognition for long and unblemished service.

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