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Posted at: May 19, 2018, 2:25 AM; last updated: May 19, 2018, 2:28 AM (IST)

Moolah beckons varsity students

PU Syndicate to take call on ‘earn while you learn’ scheme
Moolah beckons varsity students
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Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18

Students at Panjab University (PU) can earn up to Rs 4,000 a month by doing small jobs in the university.

The PU VC, Prof Arun Kumar Grover, had mooted the “Earn while you learn” scheme during the agitation against the fee hike in 2017. However, the idea got lost as the fee hike was reduced.

Now, a committee under Prof Navdeep Goyal, chairperson of the physics department, has again proposed the scheme, which will now be placed before the Syndicate at its meeting slated for May 26. The Syndicate is a governing body of the PU.

In its report dated April 4, the committee identified jobs which could be taken up by students. These included working as part-time library assistants at departmental libraries or AC Joshi Library, as part-time teaching assistants in teaching laboratories and as data entry operators or computer operators for Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) work. It has been proposed that students be paid Rs 100 per hour and each student be allowed work for a maximum of 40 hours in a month.

The committee noted that for AC Joshi Library, the PU Librarian had prepared the budget estimates. “Similar budget estimates can be prepared by each department. The budget estimates, obtained from the department, may be made part of the budget requirements for the current financial year in the revised estimates and for the future, it should be made part of the budget estimates as one of the budget heads,” said the committee in the minutes of the meeting.

Not the first time

PU radio station Jyotirgamaya (91.2 MHz) has been offering up to Rs 1,000 per month for producing programmes for the past four years where any student of the university is eligible. For a programme of a 30-minute slot, one can earn Rs 200. However, there is ceiling of Rs 1,000.

Relief for BE students

BE students can appear simultaneously in even and odd semesters first year onwards to clear their re-appears of various semesters. Similar relief is also given to ME students.

VP office reply to PUTA chief on agenda

The PUTA president, Prof Rajesh Gill, had complained to the Vice-President’s office on December 20, 2017, over denial of information on plying of e-rickshaws on the campus. She had alleged irregularities. The VP office then sought a detailed status report from the PU on February 9. The Registrar, Col GS Chadha (retd), told the VP office on March 21 that M/s Xxplore Automobiles Pvt Ltd was chosen in a bid by three companies. He also told that the contractor had been paying power bills, had cleared his arrears and now just Rs 29,345 was pending against him. The firm is registered with the UT Administration to provide e-rickshaws and drivers have licences. The VP office told Prof Gill, through a letter dated April 27, “…there appears no substance for further examination on the allegations made in this case.”

Part-time jobs they can take up in varsity 

In its report dated April 4, a PU committee identified jobs which could be taken up by students. These included working as part-time library assistants at departmental libraries or AC Joshi Library, as part-time teaching assistants in teaching laboratories and as data entry operators or computer operators for Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) work.

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