The University of Peshawar is going to extend its Distance Education Program to the prisoners languishing in the prisons of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to engage the educated folks in positive activities and made them effective members of the society. The first step in this direction will be the creation of a centre in the Central Jail Peshawar. This was acceded to in the meeting of the academic council of varsity held at the Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Hall of the University of Peshawar with Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan in chair.
The meeting on the request for Inspector General Prisons also decided to provide MA/ M. Sc examination facility to the eligible prisoners with total fee waiver.
The Academic Council was attended by Deans of Faculties, Heads of the teaching and Administrative Departments and nominated members of the affiliated colleges.
The Council also recommended allocation of special seats for the students of the republic of Maldives while 50% waiver in fee was granted to the students of the under privileged District Kohistan for admission in the University of Peshawar. The step was taken to encourage students of Kohistan to pursue higher education.
The Academic Council acceded to the generous package offered by the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the Physically Handicapped students of the University and proposed a Committee in the Convener ship of Prof. Dr. Taj Moharram Khan to constitute modalities for its adoption in letter and spirit.
While in pursuance of the directives of the Higher Education Commission it was decided to phase out the B. Ed one year program from the year 2016 and continue with the B. Ed (four year) degree program in order to improve the quality of teaching at the primary and secondary level.
Addressing the meeting of the academic council the Vice Chancellor said that bringing changes in academic curricula as per requirement of the job market was need of time and departments must adapt to such transitions in the interest of the students. This he said was important for enhancing the employability of our graduate and the University ranking.
Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan added that recruitment agencies/ institutions like the federal and provincial public service commission shall keep close liaison with the Universities and jointly they shall devise strategies to bring market based graduates and courses.