By: SHAKEEL AHMAD
MULTAN: The syndicate of Women University, Multan, approved the faculty board, finance committee and advance study and research board in its first meeting here on Saturday.
According to Vice-Chancellor Dr Shahida Hasnain, the syndicate finalised all bodies, while the university budget would be presented in the meeting of the finance committee to be held soon.
According to sources, the syndicate members objected to the university’s decision to increase fee for FA/FSc. It was also decided that a team of syndicate members, who were also members of the Punjab Assembly, would meet the chief minister to request him to not merge the Government College for Women, Kutchery Road, with the university and restore the fee structure.
The VC said the university had applied for a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) with the Higher Education Commission and it would be able to get funds from the HEC after that, while the Higher Education Department would also provide it funds.
The VC said application forms for MA/MSc were available from Sept 5 and the last date for their submission was Sept 14. Entry test for admissions would be held from Sept 16 to 18 and classes would commence from Oct 10. She said last year admissions for the university had been arranged by the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) but this time they would arrange themselves.
She said admissions for BA/BSc would also start after results of FA/FSc. She further said that FA/FSc had been introduced because the Government College for Women, Kutchery Road, had been merged in the university.
The VC further said an administration block of the university in the Government College premises and a separate campus of the university were under construction on Mati Tal Road. She said the Mati Tal Road campus would have a capacity of 600 students, adding the university had increased admission fee for FA/FSc to “enhance the quality of education”. She also said students of FA/FSc would not have to pay transportation charges and the university was providing them the facility for free.
“Tests would be conducted on a regular basis while practical classes would also be held regularly and it would help students concentrate on their studies. There would be no need for them to join private academies,” she added.
Dr Hasnain said the university would offer students to pay their fee in instalments and also offer scholarships to outstanding and deserving students.
After the merger of women’s college in the university fee had been increased from Rs2,300 to Rs45,000 and students and their parents had protested against this extraordinary measure.