New admission policy for UG colleges on cards

Move to identify fake universities in Karnataka

The 50th Inter-University Board (IUB) meeting held at Belgaum on Tuesday also decided to have in place a common calendar of events concerning all academic activities, a renewed attempt to identify fake universities operating in the state and incorporating moral education and finance literacy in the curriculum.

A decision was also taken to make efforts to increase the enrolment ratio for undergraduate students. Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali said CAP will be based on the counselling system for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all recognised colleges and universities.

“A committee headed by HP Khincha, Vice-Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), and comprising Balaji, registrar, VTU, and  N Nagambika Devi, Commissioner, Collegiate Education will work out the CAP modalities. This will come into effect from next  academic year,” he said.

Besides the relevant recommendations of the Yashpal Committee on CAP, the number of students who approach various colleges weighed heavily on the minds of policy-makers on higher education. Beginning this academic year, the day of reopening for all degree colleges has been scheduled between July 15  and 20.  The common calendar is based on the recommendations of  the Chidananda Gowda Committee.

The details of the calendar will be presented to the Higher Education Department. The department also decided to crack down on existing fake universities. “The government has already sent notices to 36 fake institutions,” Limbavali said.

The IUB decided to include moral education, coupled with yoga and personality development, in the undergraduate curriculum. For moral education and yoga courses, the Art of Living organisation has been roped in. He said the local inquiry committees will comprise only academic council members and academics.

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