Adhere to guidelines, Varsity tells autonomous colleges

Students of institutes violating rules will not get degree certificates

Addressing the Academic Council meet on Wednesday, Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankarmurthy said that out of five autonomous institutions in the district, only St Aloysius and St Agnes are not following the 80:20 scheme of examination.

These institutions have to convert their scheme of examination and submit the ledger to the University by October 31 or at least by November 15.

St Aloysius College had started M.Com, MA in Applied Economics and MA in Communication and it sought approval for the courses in 2008-09. A team from the University was sent to the institution to ascertain whether the institution should be approved of the course. However, the team recommended that the courses should not be approved as the institution neither had qualified faculty nor did it follow the University prescribed scheme of examination.

The VC said that the Government intervened and recently held a meeting of the heads of all the five autonomous institutions and Mangalore University. During the meeting, autonomous institutions which are following 70:30 and 50:50 scheme of examination agreed to shift to 80:20 scheme.

According to the Government order, the autonomous institutions have been strictly told that they cannot be starting any course without the permission of the University. As far as St Aloysius College is concerned, the VC said that the team from University re-inspected the institution and recommended that the courses can be approved since institution had appointed qualified faculty and had agreed to change over to University prescribed scheme of examination.

“We will look into the matter and take a decision once the ledger is submitted,” the VC said.

Legal action

The VC said that action has been taken against those found guilty in the 2008-09 LLB examination irregularity case. Similarly, an Inquiry Committee to look into the alleged irregularities in BBM examinations, last year, has been formed. The Committee will submit its report in three months. Action will be taken against those found guilty, on basis of Karnataka University Act of 1974.

PhD guidelines

The House approved the proposal for forming an Expert Committee to solve the practical problems likely to be encountered while implementing the new PhD guidelines. The VC said that the revised guidelines will be kept before the Syndicate and brought to force from this year itself.

“The revised guidelines will not be applicable to those who have already enrolled for PhD and those who are doing research,” he said.

Seats not full

MLC Ganesh Karnik said that it is disheartening to see that other than Commerce department, no other courses have full strength. “Does it mean that people have inclination for private institution,” he questioned asking the university to take steps to attract students towards the University.

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