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University radio studio starts work from 18th

PESHAWAR- A media resource centre and a radio studio of the University of Peshawar will start functioning from May 18, Vice Chancellor (VC) of university, Dr Zulfiqar Hussain Gillani, said this at a press briefing.

The NWFP governor, Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah, would inaugurate the media resource centre and the radio studio to be supervised by the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“It would be the campus’s community radio studio, which would be later upgraded to the level of a community radio station,” chairman of the faculty, Dr Shahjehan, told this scribe.

Giving an overview of the reforms and restructuring of the varsity, the VC said eight committees had been constituted to recommend reforms in administrative and academic affairs.

The areas identified for reforms and being explored by the committees include, restructuring of the faculties, revision of curricula of undergraduate and postgraduate levels, examination system, research, human resource development, service structure, admission, micro and macro planning and libraries.

The University of Peshawar Act 1974, was being reviewed in line with the modem trends, he said.

Besides, several changes were in the implementation phase after being approved by the syndicate, said the VC, adding that administrative powers had been decentralized to enhance efficiency.

To improve the administrative affairs, a new directorate of admissions and staff development has been set up to ensure centralized admissions of students in the next postgraduate session.

Replying to a question, the VC said centralized admission system had been introduced in line with the standard international practice and it would facilitate the students.

Prospectus of the university will be developed for the first time since its inception, and will be made available in the far flung areas to help the students intending to apply for admission.

The two wings of the examination section, BA/BSc and MA/MSc have been merged and one window operation would now be extended to the students.

The academic year, from the next session, would be from September to June, bringing it in conformity with the educational institutes of the rest of the country and the world.

“This would save a year of the students from being wasted as the Peshawar University’s academic year was not in conformity with other institutes of higher studies of the country as well as the world,” said the VC.

For the first time, draft financial rules of the university had been prepared and would be implemented after approval from the competent authority, he said.

On the academic side, said the VC, several measures had been taken whereas some more were in the offing to raise the standard of education and proficiency of the students at the varsity and in its affiliated colleges and schools.

A centre of bio-technology would become functional from the next academic year. Department of Computer Science is being upgraded to the level of Institute of Information Technology and a centralized resource laboratory has been established.

A computer centre and an international standard university bookshop would start functioning from September, he said.

Source: Dawn