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Patna University, Patna, Bihar


Patna University, Patna, Bihar
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Ashok Raj Path
Patna (District Patna)
Bihar, India

Patna University, Patna Bihar is a University recognised by UGC. Patna University, Patna Bihar was established on / in 1917.

Patna University is situated in Patna of Bihar state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Patna comes under Patna Tehsil, Patna District.

Fax # of Patna University, Patna Bihar is 0612-2670877, 2688872.

email ID(s) is Patna University Patna Bihar

Website of Patna University, Patna Bihar is http://puonline.bih.nic.in, www.patnauniversity.ac.in/, www.ddepu.org.

Vice Chancellor : Prof Shaym Lal.

Registrar : Dr Vibhash Kumar Yadav, Registrar, Phone No : 0612-2670531.

Contact Details of Patna University, Patna Bihar are : Telephone: +91-612-2670594,2670531, 2670352

Pro Vice-Chancellor: Prof.Dr Syed I.Ahson Telephone : +91-612-2687204
Proctor: Prof. Bhagwan Prasad Singh, Telephone: +91-612-2670816
Dr. Karya Nand Paswan, Dean Students Welfare, Phone No : 0612-2671826
Dr. Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, Proctor, Phone No : 0612-2670816
Dr. Deoki Nandan Sharma, Controller of Examinations, Phone No : 0612-2670594
Matuknath Choudhary: Professor in Hindi
Directorate of Distance Education (DDE)Dr Prasant Dutta 0612-2672941
Academic Staff College Dr R.P.Singh 0612-2672373
Institute of Library and Information Science Dr Rabindra Kumar 0612-2672941.
Institute of Public Administration Dr. Sachidanand Sharma 0612-2670284.
Institute of Psychological Research & Services Dr. Prabha Shukla 0612-2690096


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Profile of Patna University

Patna University is the 7th oldest University of the Indian subcontinent, which was established in the year 1917 to cater to the growing needs of higher education of Bihar, Orissa and Nepal. The history of this University is closely linked with the history of modern Bihar - the saga of her educational, cultural, political and economic growth. It is a hallmark in the annals of the progress of the State in particular and region in general. It is the only teaching and residential university in the populous State of Bihar. It also has a truly national character which transcends the linguistic, cultural and political boundaries. The outstanding personalities involved in top administrative positions, well qualified learned teachers and students have largely contributed towards its rich academic heritage. Bihar has been a seat of learning since time immemorial. The State had the Universities like Nalanda and Vikramshila that were drawing students even from neighbouring countries. One of the primary objectives of the University education is to produce trained manpower, which can accelerate sustained economic growth by harnessing science and technology. In order to face the challenges thrown by the process of globalization and liberalization in the field of higher education in the 21st century, the University will have to equip its teachers and students with modern techniques, skills, and make them competent enough to face challenges and enhance the quality of teaching and research. For meeting these challenges, this University has already focused its attention and started a number of professional courses at the graduation and post graduation level with a view to building human resources of high quality, who can contribute to the Nation-building. In this age of Information and Communication Technology, the barriers of time and space have now disappeared. We are providing the facilities of Internet, Teleconferencing, online library facilities etc. and we have introduced new courses in the areas of emerging importance like Biotechnology, Biochemistry, BCA, MCA, Fashion Designing, Sales Management, Business Management, Rural Management, Functional English, Saral Sanskrit Sambhashan, Journalism and Mass Communication etc. However, the avowed goal of the University Education still remains character building. It is true that modern knowledge, information and skills help to provide quality education but the most important task of education is to produce enlightened citizens, having human touch and dedication to the cause of the nation and its society at large.
Patna University has been imparting quality education to its students, which is amply reflected in the success of our students at the all India level competitions. Even today Patna University holds important positions in the Central Services Examination. In the year of women empowerment we have accorded great significance to the education of women and for that the University started commerce education in Patna Women�s College and Magadh Mahila College. Out of thirteen constituent Colleges, three of them are exclusively meant for girls and the other eight are Co-educational Institutions where the number of girl students is fairly large. Patna University has tried to provide benefits to the socially and economically deprived groups, handicapped students and also to the weaker sections of the society. In this regard the university has, strictly followed the reservation policy of the Government. and provided them facilities so that they can unfold their potentialities and prove themselves as worthy members of the society. The University has N. S. S., N. C. C., Sports and Fine Arts Board which keep the University humming with life all the year round with extra-curricular activities. One of our N.S.S. volunteers, Sushree Shruti Anand was awarded the Indira Gandhi N.S.S. award. Sushree Mili Sinha was awarded Gold Medal in Discus Throw in All Indian Inter University Athletics Competition at Gulbarga. Volunteers from 14 States participated in the National Integration Camp, 2003 supported financially by Ministry of Youth and Sports, Govt. of India. The people of the state are now becoming conscious, rather restless, on this sad plight and the persistent neglect of the growth of higher education in Bihar. The demand of conversion of Patna University into a Central University has been long pending. Questions have been raised on several occasions in the Parliament but the same have been turned down on some plea or the other. Of late, the financial position of this university which was once a monumental centre of learning has deteriorated to such an extent that it is almost impossible to preserve even the semblance of its true character and its glorious tradition. It is in this backdrop that the long pending proposal of the Central take over of Patna University is being presented so that the true monumental character of this prestigious institution is preserved and it is able to play its legitimate role in the onward march of the nation.


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Profile of Patna University

Name : Patna University
Address : Patna - 800 005 (Bihar)
Present Status : State University
Vice-Chancellor : Prof. Shaym Lal
Phone No.: --> 0612 - 2670352 (Off.)Fax: --> 0612 - 2670877
Pro Vice-Chancellor : Prof. (Dr.) Syed I. Ahson
Phone No.: --> 0612 - 2687204 (Off.)
Proctor : Prof. Bhagwan Prasad Singh Phone No. -0612 - 2670816 (Off.)
Registrar : Dr. Vibhash Kumar Yadav
: Phone No. (0612)-2670531 (Off), 2670664 (Res)
Finance Officer : Shri Jatadhar Mishra
: Phone No. (0612)-2670851 (Off).
Deputy Registrar : Shri Manoj Kumar
: Phone No. (0612)-2670853 (Off).
Assistant Registrar : Dr. N. Zaman
: Phone No. (0612)-2670852 (Off),
Controller of Examination : Prof. Surendra Snigdh

Assistant Controller of Examination : Dr. R. K. Mandal

Date of Establishment : September 13th, 1917
UGC Recognition : 1956
Location : Urban
P.G. Centre : 31
Constituent Colleges : 13
Affiliated Colleges : Nil
Area of University : 181.58 Acres
Built-up Area : 1,53,365 SQM

Faculties : Departments

: English, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Maithili,
: Bengali, Philosophy.
Social Sciences
: Ancient Indian History, Labour & Social Welfare, History,
Geography, Economics, Political Science, Psychology,
Sociology, Home Science.
: Applied Economics & Commerce.
: Education.
: Law.
: Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology, Mathematics,
Statistics, Bio-Chemistry.
: Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Architecture.
Fine Arts
: Fine Arts.
: MBBS, BDS, MS, MD, Physio Therapy, Occupational Therapy.

: Institute of Psychological Research & Service,

: Institute of Library & Information Science,

: Directorate of Distance Education.

Brief History

The Patna University came into being by an Act of Legislature in 1917. It is the 7th oldest University to be established on the Indian subcontinent and the first in Bihar.
The University was established as an examining body and conducted examinations right from Matriculation to the Postgraduate classes. Its jurisdiction extended to Bihar, Orissa and Nepal and for four decades since its inception, this University guided the destiny of these States.
The Patna University remained the only University of Bihar till January 1952 when its character was changed to a Residential University though for some years it continued to conduct examinations of educational institutions in Nepal till the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, came into being. After establishment of the Utkal University, Bhubneshwar, the Patna University ceased to exercise its control over educational institutions in Orissa.
Since its birth, the University was fortunate to have the guidance and co-operation of eminent residents of Bihar and Orissa such as Hasan Imam (who became the President of Indian National Congress) Dr. Rajendra Prasad (the first President of our republic and an eminent freedom fighter), Sachidanand Sinha (the first President of the Constituent Assembly of India and the maker of the modern Bihar and the longest serving Vice-Chancellor of Patna University), Braj Kishore Prasad (a great freedom fighter) etc. Some very distinguished scholars who were internationally known, such as Sri Jadu Nath Sarkar, Ram Autar Sharma, D.M.Datta, H. P. Maity, C. J. Hamilton and other served this university as teachers in its early years. Sir Syed Sultan Ahmad, an eminent Barrister and High Court Judge was the Vice-Chancellor of this University for seven years. He became Member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council for Law and later for Information and Broadcasting. Justice B. P. Singh, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Justice L. M. Sharma, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Justice K. B. N. Singh, Ex-Chief Justice of Madras and Patna High Court as well as Governor of Madras and Bihar, Mr. Lal Narain Sinha, the first Attorney General of India and a number of political decision makers and many others who are presently holding the key posts of the Government of India and the various State Governments are the illustrious alumini of this University.
From the very beginning the University had a number of well-known institutions both professional and non-professional associated with it. It has a full-fledged Law College, Teachers’ Training College along with Engineering and Medical Colleges.
Right from its inception this University has acted as the torch-bearer of modern scientific and technical education in Bihar, Orissa and Nepal. It is needless to emphasize that the University became the harbinger of modernity, social transformation and economic growth.
The alumni of this University participated in India’s freedom struggle at all stages. When the non-cooperation movement was started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920, the students of Patna University especially those studying engineering decided to boycott all Government-run educational institutions. They requested the leaders of the non-cooperation movement in Bihar, Maulana Mazharul Haque, to provide an alternative institution so that they could continue their studies. Bihar Vidyapeeth was, thus, born and the inauguration was performed by Mahatma Gandhi.
When nationalism was still nascent in the country, the two patriotic brothers of renowned Kulharia Zamindar family Sri Bisheshwar Singh and Sri Shaligram Singh founded the B. N. (Bihar National) College (1889) who were bold enough to suggest the name out of their great love for the nation and gifted it to the State.
During the Quit India Movement of August 1942 several students including Baliram Bhagat and L. N. Mishra actively participated. After freedom was achieved they became prominent public figures and achieved position of distinction in public life.
Since its inception the University has been a saga of progress, advancement, and excellence in the field of higher education. In fact, the alumni of this university provided the bulk of manpower to run the administration at all levels and have significantly contributed to the task of national reconstruction, particularly, during post-independence period. The overwhelming number of teachers, lawyers, judges, journalists literateurs, scientists, engineers, doctors, politicians etc., were alumni of the Patna University.
After independence it was realized by the leaders of the country that modern education was a major resource which ought to be developed to ensure economic progress and major social transformation. Hence efforts were made to popularise modern education. It was also felt that the Patna University, the oldest and a leading university in the country with its sound infrastructure should concentrate on research and divest itself of the responsibility of conducting various examinations at the state level. As a preliminary step, postgraduate teaching in several new subjects such as Statistics, Sociology, Labour and Social Welfare, Applied Psychology, was started. The Postgraduate departments were delinked from the colleges. This was a step towards creation of a residential university with adequate research input which were carried out with great vigor. The structure of the University was completely changed. It was turned into the first residential University of Bihar with the provision that only an eminent teacher should become the Vice-Chancellor. As a result of this Dr. K. N. Bahl a scholarly teacher and eminent Scientist of the country was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor. The structure of the University was further changed. The colleges ceased to impart postgraduate education. For each subject, post-graduate departments were established. It was hoped that the teachers in these departments would devote themselves to research besides carrying on teaching assignments. The change in the character of the University was reflected in the phenomenal increase in the output of research work, publication of research articles and monographs. Doctoral and postdoctoral research were carried out with sincerity of purpose.
Several teachers of the University won great name and fame in the academic world. Many of them became the Fellow of National Academy, some of them became Presidents and Sectional Presidents of Science Congress and apex organizations in their respective disciplines. When the Indian Council of Historical Research was established in 1973, Dr. R. S. Sharma, a teacher of this University was appointed the first Chairman. A former Vice-Chancellor Dr. George Jacob held the post of the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
The University also opened new courses to cater to the emerging needs of the Society. The Faculty of Commerce came into existence.
Postgraduate teaching in the Faculty of Medical Sciences was begun and after sometime postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Law, Engineering and Education were also started.
In addition, the University also runs a Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) established in 1974. The main objective is to promote higher education among those who are employed or otherwise engaged and are in no position to attend regular classes.
A new faculty of Fine-Arts was created when the half-a-century old Government Art College was transferred to the Jurisdiction of the Patna University.
The University celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1944 and its Golden Jublee (1967), in the year 1970 with the President of India Sri V. V. Giri as the Chief Guest. Many great national leaders and many internationally known public leaders and personalities have visited the University. Among them mention may be made of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Smt. Sarojini Naidu, Govind Ballabh Pant, C. D. Deshmukh, etc


Today the university has NINE faculties, 32 P.G. Departments, and 11 Colleges. It runs Postgraduate classes in most of the subjects and some new even have been added. To mention some such courses are Biotechnology, Computer Diploma Courses, Management Courses. The University also runs a Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) established in 1974 that aims at providing opportunities to gain higher education to those students who are employed or otherwise engaged and are unable to attend regular classes.

Today the University has Departmental/Seminar libraries attached to all the Postgraduate Departments and Colleges. In addition, the University has a Central Library, too, which is being computerised and is linked with INFLIBNET.

The University also provides residential accommodation to about 50% of its Male Students and 100% Female Students.

Two bills returned by Bihar governor, passed by Assembly again

Patna: The Bihar assembly today passed by voice vote two bills, earlier cleared by the House but returned by Governor Devanand Konwar without assent.

HRD Minister P K Shahi said the Governor had returned the two bills expressing apprehension about the autonomy of universities and politicization over the appointment of vice-chancellors.

He was speaking in the House after introducing the Patna University (Amendment) Bill, 2011, and the Bihar State University Bill, 2011, which were passed by voice vote.

Shahi said although the state government was duty-bound to monitor utilization of funds given by it to universities towards salaries and related expenditure, it had no inclination to interfere in their autonomous functioning.

The HRD Minister said the state government had the right to monitor the utilization of its resources by universities and the the two legislations were an endeavour in this direction.

Earlier participating in the debate, the Leader of the Opposition Abdul Bari Siddique regretted the manner in which the Governor returned the bills without approval and rejected the grounds cited by him for not giving his assent.

Fast, rallies, demonstrations in support of Anna continue in Bihar

Patna: Protests continued in Bihar for the 12th day today with students, lawyers, doctors and activists of the Bihar unit of India Against Corruption (IAC) staging fast and holding rallies and demonstrations at different places in the state.

The activists of All India Students Association (AISA), who had called state-wide bandh in support of Anna Hazare's movement against corruption tried to force closure of colleges and offices of the Patna University here.

The lawyers, students and activists of the IAC kept fast, brought out processions and rallies and held demonstrations at different places, including Bhagalpur, Araria, Munger, Motihari, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Hajipur, Samastipur and Patna expressing solidarity with the movement launched by Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

State IAC convener Sanjay Kumar Dutta said supporters of Anna Hazare with the help of Bihar Government Undertaking Association brought out a motorcycle rally in the state capital.

He said the fast and sit-ins continued at Kargil Chowk under the banner of the IAC. IAC activists also continued the signature campaign and mass contact programme in support of the Gandhian.

Fast, rallies, demonstrations in support of Anna continue in Bihar

Lokpal row: I salute the magic of the people of India, says Anna Share Jharkhand assembly urges Anna Hazare to end fast Share Ludhiana school kids keep fast in support of Anna Hazare Share Patna: Protests continued in Bihar for the 12th day today with students, lawyers, doctors and activists of the Bihar unit of India Against Corruption (IAC) staging fast and holding rallies and demonstrations at different places in the state.

The activists of All India Students Association (AISA), who had called state-wide bandh in support of Anna Hazares movement against corruption tried to force closure of colleges and offices of the Patna University here.The lawyers, students and activists of the IAC kept fast, brought out processions and rallies and held demonstrations at different places, including Bhagalpur, Araria, Munger, Motihari, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Hajipur, Samastipur and Patna expressing solidarity with the movement launched by Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.State IAC convener Sanjay Kumar Dutta said supporters of Anna Hazare with the help of Bihar Government Undertaking Association brought out a motorcycle rally in the state capital.
He said the fast and sit-ins continued at Kargil Chowk under the banner of the IAC. IAC activists also continued the signature campaign and mass contact programme in support of the Gandhian.

Uniform fee for Patna University vocational courses

PATNA: Patna University (PU) has revised the fee structure of different vocational and self-financing courses and made it uniform for all the institutions.

A decision to this effect was taken in the PUs academic council meeting chaired by vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh here on Thursday.

Now, the revised fee structure for different courses would be Rs 36,000 for BCA (three-year course), Rs 45,000 for BSc in biotechnology and environmental science, Rs 60,000 for BBA and mass communications, Rs 15,840 for PGDCA, Rs 20,780 for MA (Music), Rs 24,000 for BA in social work, Rs 33,420 for BCom (Hons), Rs 60,000 for MSc in environmental science, Rs 36,000 for MSc in biotechnology, Rs 40,000 for MSc in biochemistry, Rs 54,000 for MCA, and Rs 36,500 for Master in Finance and Control and MBA. The revised fee would be effective from the 2012-13 academic session.

The academic council also approved the revised admission ordinance and regulations of all its postgraduate courses under semester system to be introduced from the next academic session. Now, the same would be sent to the governors secretariat for its final approval. It also approved the panel of subject experts for new appointments and promotions of teachers by the university selection committee. The council further decided to set up a new department of herbal chemistry. Magadh Mahila College already has a PG course in this subject. It was also decided to accept the PhD thesis of a research scholar registered under a teacher of NIT, Patna, (now not under PU), for evaluation on the recommendation of the universitys legal cell.

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PATNA: The Patna high court on Friday quashed the Patna University (PU) notifications appointing the head of departments (HoDs) of three different postgraduate (PG) departments.

The order was passed by a single bench presided by Justice A K Tripathi on a writ petition filed by Sachchidanand Sharma and others challenging their removal from the post of the HoD.

Sharma, Ranganath Prasad Diwakar and Bhagwan Prasad Singh were removed unceremoniously from the post of HoDs in March 2011. They were HODs of the departments of political science, philosophy and economics, respectively.

Petitioners lawyer Abhinav Srivastava said these three were removed even before completing their tenure of three years as per the June 2008 statute. Sharma, who was elevated to the post of HoD, political science, in February, 2010, was removed after 13 months in March 2011 by the then acting VC of PU, S Adhikari.

The removal was challenged by him in the high court in April 2011.

With the courts order on Friday, the notifications appointing Sunanda Bannerjee as HoD, political science, Sudha Srivastava as HoD, philosophy, and Rai Murari as HoD, economics, stand null and void.

The high court also ordered that the seniority disputes be put before a screening committee and gave the panel time till June 26 to resolve such cases.

Patna University seeks income, expenditure report from colleges and post-graduate departments

PATNA: With a view to checking misuse of funds and maintaining financial discipline in the university, Patna University (PU) has directed all its colleges and post-graduate departments to submit to it the details of funds received from different sources as well as their expenditure.

In a letter addressed to the principals of colleges, heads of departments and directors of institutes, PU registrar Vibhas Kumar Yadav has sought details of income and expenditure of all their research projects. The colleges and university departments have been receiving handsome grants from UGC, DST, ICSSR and state government for undertaking various research projects, but the exact details of the utilization of these grants are generally not submitted to the university. Earlier, PU had directed the colleges and departments to submit statement of income and expenditure of the vocational and self-financing courses during 2011-12.

Meanwhile, the heads of some PG departments of PU have urged the authorities to release the annual contingency grants for smooth functioning of the departments. The departments are facing difficulty in meeting their day-to-day expenses owing to fund crunch, said PU science faculty dean Upendra Kishore Sinha.

Patna University Teachers Association hails Raghuvanshs plea on converting Patna University into central varsity

PATNA: Hailing RJD MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singhs plea for converting Patna University (PU) into a Central university, Patna University Teachers Association (Puta) has urged both the Centre and state government to initiate necessary steps for fulfilment of this demand.

Puta general secretary S B Lall said the Centre would not have to invest much on conversion of PU into a central university as it already has the basic infrastructure. Several old universities, including Guru Ghasidas University, Chhattisgarh, and H S Gaur Sagar University (MP), have been converted into Central universities. Hence, the Centre should have no problem in upgrading PU as a central university.

Conversion of PU, the seventh oldest university of the Indian sub-continent into Central university has remained a long-cherished dream of most intellectuals, academics and politicians of the state and even present chief minister Nitish Kumar has backed this demand on several occasions in the past, he said.

Puta has also expressed concern over the non-payment of remuneration to teachers who have evaluated answer-books of degree Part-III honours examinations of PU under centralized evaluation recently. Several teachers from other universities returned to their respective headquarters without receiving the remuneration for evaluation work. The university must release necessary funds for expediting payment of remuneration to the examiners, it said.

The association has also resented the inordinate delay in payment of arrears of five months salaries in the revised UGC scale and 7 per cent enhanced DA to the teachers despite the fact that the government had already released necessary funds for the purpose.

Patna University mulls entrance test for hostel seats

PATNA: Even as Patna University (PU) has already decided to hold entrance tests for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, it is also contemplating to hold separate test for admission of students to its different hostels in the forthcoming session. The principals of some colleges under PU have come out with this suggestion to check the entry of undesirable elements into the hostels.

PU students' welfare dean Ezaj Ali Arshad said the modalities of entrance test would be decided at a meeting of the deans of all faculties on May 18. An academic calendar of the university for the next academic session would also be finalized at the meeting. Arshad said the entrance test would be held in June so that the process of admission could be completed on time and the classes of new batches of students may start in July as scheduled.

Revival of scholarship: PU has decided to revive Sir Ganesh Dutt Singh scholarship meant for meritorious students. The scholarship was paid regularly till 1964 from an endowment created by Singh's family. A broad-based committee is being formed by the PU for revival of this scholarship after 48 years. Hathwa Raj scholarships were also revived by the university a couple of years back. Some other dead scholarships are also likely to be revived soon, said Arshad.

Payment of arrears: Patna University Teachers' Association president P K Poddar has expressed his concern over the inordinate delay in clearing the arrear bills of teachers by the auditors deputed by the state government. The bills for payment of arrears from July 2010 to February 2011 are being audited, but the work is going on at a snail's pace. Only three to four cases are being disposed of daily, he said. Poddar urged the state government to change the set of auditors for expediting the work and make payment without any further delay.

Patna University scholarship dead as scholars fail to repay loan

Patna: With philanthropists no longer offering endowments and scholarship funds to help poor and meritorious students in their academic pursuits, many bright scholars are unable to pursue higher studies due to lack of resources.

More than two dozen endowments were created by various philanthropists in Patna University (PU) right since the inception of the university in 1917. But most of them have become non-functional today as the funds deposited by the donors exhausted and the authorities concerned did not make efforts to revive them.

Centralized admission in Patna University a distant dream

PATNA: Centralized admission in Patna University (PU) colleges still remains a distant dream for the admission seekers. Candidates desirous of seeking admission in a three-year degree course have to apply separately to all the colleges as the university is yet to evolve a centralized admission scheme.

Even though PU has introduced entrance test for admission to the undergraduate courses in arts, science and commerce streams this year, a candidate would have to apply separately to each college and take the entrance test. For instance, a girl seeking admission to the BA Honours course would have to apply separately to Patna College, B N College, Magadh Mahila College and Patna Womens College and take the entrance test at all the centres. This exercise would not only cause unwarranted harassment to the candidate but also increase financial burden on her guardian. She will have to cough up at least Rs 1,200 for taking the test at all the four centres. And, still, she is not sure of getting a berth in any of these colleges.

Patna University vice-chancellor calls for dalits social inclusion

PATNA: Patna University (PU) vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh said here on Friday that the social inclusion of dalits would not be possible without the proactive role of intellectuals.

Presiding over a three-day national seminar on Dynamics of dalit exclusion in contemporary Indian society, organized by the Patna University here, Singh said that the Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy Studies Centre of PU would be strengthened to fulfil the national mission.

Patna University makes fresh bid for central university status

PATNA: Amid the controversy over the location of the newly started Central University of Bihar (CUB), Patna University (PU) has once again staked its claim for the central university status.

PU vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh told here on Thursday that the university has initiated a fresh move demanding central university status. A proposal to this effect, duly approved by various statutory bodies like the academic council, the syndicate and the senate of the university, would be submitted to the Central government soon. He had recently held talks with Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal and chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on HRD, Oscar Fernandez, in New Delhi in this connection.

Patna University yet to get go-ahead for entrance test

PATNA: There is a huge rush of admission-seekers at different colleges of Patna University (PU) which has not yet received the go-ahead either from the state government or the chancellors office for introducing entrance test for the general graduation courses.

Patna Science College has already received 3,300 forms for admission to BSc honours courses. There are altogether 600 seats in different honours subjects, said its principal Arun Kumar Sinha.

Patna College has received about 2,000 applications for 600 seats in different honours subjects in BA Part I. B N College, Magadh Mahila College, Vanijya Mahavidyalaya and Patna Womens College have also received a good number of applications from the students.

Magadh Mahila College principal Dolly Sinha said the last date for submission of forms is June 25. Preparations for holding the entrance test have been made. All the colleges of PU have already announced the time and date of entrance tests to be held separately in their respective institutions.

Meanwhile, PU has extended the last date for submission of forms for admission to some vocational (self-financing) courses in different colleges and postgraduate departments keeping in view the poor response of admission seekers. The last date for submission of forms for the PG Diploma in bioinformatics (PU), BSc environmental science (Science College), BA in social work and PG diploma in womens and child welfare (Magadh Mahila College), Masters in finance and control (commerce) and Bachelor in Library and Information Science has been extended by 5 to 10 days.

PU vocational courses coordinator U K Sinha said even though the last date for submission of forms has been extended on the request of course coordinator or director, the process of admission would have to be completed as per the schedule and the classes would start on July 16.

Now, Patna University moots manual evaluation

PATNA: The much-publicized scheme of Patna University (PU) to launch computerized evaluation of answer sheets of its Degree Part-I examinees this year is facing a rough weather due to procedural wrangling and infrastructural constraints. The university is now contemplating to continue with the old system of manual evaluation.

PU examination controller Binay Soren said though the scheme of computerized evaluation of answer sheets of BA, BSc and BCom Part I examinations of 2012 was initiated to ensure timely publication of results and greater transparency in the entire process of evaluation, the university did not have sufficient infrastructure for the purpose. Hardly 25 to 30 computers could be made available for evaluation work while minimum 100 computers were required for the purpose. Moreover, the scanning of answer books was also taking its own time. At the present pace, the evaluation work cannot be completed before October, said a PU official.

Soren, however, claimed that the answer books of BSc Part I examination would be evaluated through computers. About 4,000 students of PU have appeared at the BSc Part I (H) examination this year. The computerized evaluation of science students would commence on Thursday. The evaluation of answer books of BA and BCom Part I examinations would be done manually, he said.

Earlier, the university had signed an MoU with a Bangalore-based firm Mind Logic for the purpose. The company installed large scanners and some computers to facilitate the scanning and evaluation of answer books. Under this arrangement, all the coded answer books of examinees were being scanned and uploaded on computers, said PU computer centre in charge K P Singh. Examiners having their own codes would be handed over the computers for evaluation. As soon as the examiner enters his code, he would be able to access the answer books he is supposed to evaluate.

The examiner would be required just to evaluate the answer books and enter the marks for every answer. He need not total the marks, which the computer would do. The examination results of students would be published within two to three days of evaluation of answer books, Singh said.

Soren said the results of all the examinations of PU, save MA, MSc and MCom Part I, and Degree Part II and Part I examinations, have been published. The pending results would be published within a fortnight, he added.

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