'M'lore declaration on autonomy with accountability in Karnataka'

 The meet resolved to urge the State government to accept Autonomy as national policy strictly in accordance with UGC 11 Plan guidelines on Autonomy, to come out with Revised New Common Statute on Autonomy in the state in accordance with the UGC Guidelines to all autonomous colleges in the state, to enact the revised Statues within six months.

The workshop decided to form a Joint Forum of Autonomous Colleges comprising of Managements, Principals and teachers of all the autonomous colleges in Karnataka with Mangalore as the centre and work together for the cause of effective implementation and execution of autonomy in the state. The resolution was taken to form a five member Executive Committee to prepare a working paper for the drafting of Common Statutes applicable to all Universities uniformly in Karnataka.  It will be submitted to the government in the next 15 days.

The workshop resolved to urge the government and Universities to give representation to autonomous colleges in the Academic Council and Syndicates and any other Statutory and non statutory bodies of the Universities to which they are affiliated.

The workshop resolved to urge the government to create separate cell on Autonomy in the higher Education Department as well as in all Universities for dealing with issues on Autonomy and to request the government to initiate an awareness programme about the concept and issues of autonomy by involving all the officers of University at the state-level.

The conference was inaugurated by well-known educationist, administrator and former Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University, Dr N R Shetty. A gathering of over 120 delegates consisting of representatives of managements, principals, senior faculty and administrative staff from 18 autonomous colleges from across the State and also from the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Tamilnadu took part in the workshop.

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