In a move to improve standards of higher education, the University of Peshawar’s (UoP) academic council abolished its 3rd division.
The decision to fail students who received 3rd divisions in their BA or BSc examinations was taken at a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan.
The meeting also discussed scrutinising certificates, diplomas, masters, and research degree programme courses for the newly-established Institute of Peace and Conflict Management Studies (IPCMS).
Students with one failed subject in their bachelor exams will be given a passing grade and considered eligible to appear in B.Ed and M.ED examinations. Moreover, mathematics was restructured to the institute of pure and applied mathematics.
All these decisions are to be implemented once they are approved in the university’s syndicate meeting, which will be held shortly.
During his briefing, Jan said IPCMS would start operating in the current academic session under the faculty of social sciences. He added it would be a model institute offering special certificate and diploma courses to professionals in different fields, with masters and research degree programmes also offered to generate skilled human resources.
“IPCMS will work as a think tank for the provincial government and will make policies and recommendations to manage crisis situations,” Jan added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2013.