The Panjab University Bachelors of Law (LLB) entrance test will now be of 100 marks instead of 75 and will consist of multiple-choice questions only.
Previously, the 75-mark question paper would consist of 50 marks objective-type questions while subjective questions used to carry 25 marks. The duration of test will also be increased to 1 hour 30 minutes instead of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Prof Shalini Marwaha, the chairperson of the law department in a letter dated 24th March 2017 stated that this step was taken not just to quicken the result declaration process but also to have objectivity in the evaluation process.
There will be no restriction with respect to age bar of the applicants since there is a stay on rules of Bar Council of India (BCI) from the apex court. Joint online counselling will take place for admissions in the master of laws (LLM) and LLB courses from the academic year 2017-18 in the law department and regional centres.
The French department of Panjab University has reduced its seats for one-year certificate course by over 30% for the session 2017-18. The meeting of the administrative and academic committee was held on 21st March and was headed by Prof Cecilia Antony, who is the acting chairperson. He decided on the seat cut explaining that the decrement of the seats is due to the shortage of the faculty and infrastructure. He revealed that since there are no rooms to hold big classes, the students of this certificate course used to sit in the corridors of the university. And then one fine day, someone complaint to the Prime Minister sending the picture of those students, although not blaming them for the same.
Another source revealed that presently the department has only two teachers and two other are re-employed. Earlier, they used to have five teachers for the course.
The name of the department ‘French and Francophone Studies: Language, Literature and Culture’ has been changed to ‘French and Francophone Studies’, the same name before 2014-15. It was reverted to the same name since the name 'French and Francophone Studies' covers all aspects of literature, language and culture.
- School of Communication Studies has decreased the graduation marks from 50% to 40% and the weightage of entrance test marks to 60 percent. This is done to ensure that qualified students are admitted.
- The university has approved Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Delhi, as the research centre for pursuing Ph.D. in system biology biotechnology and bioinformatics.
- For master in pharmacy in ‘Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance Courses’ and ‘Drug Discovery and Drug Development’, the weigh ages of the marks obtained in the bachelors in pharmacy, has been reduced to 5 percent from 10 percent, if passed from PU.