BU academic council accepts report on erring BEd colleges

BU academic council accepts report on erring BEd colleges

Bangalore University Academic Council on Friday unanimously approved the university BEd Task Force report on the status of the teacher education colleges affiliated to the varsity.

The task force, headed by academic council member Karan Kumar had submitted a report about a month ago recommending the varsity to withdraw affiliation to 56 BEd colleges out of the 99 colleges inspected.

Earlier this year, the then Vice Chancellor N Prabhu Dev had constituted the task force to revisit the colleges the university Local Inquiry Committees (LIC) had inspected.
However, the academic council had not accepted its report citing some flaws in it.

On Friday, the varsity, in its extraordinary academic council meeting, approved the task force report, thereby accepting the recommendations for affiliation and disaffiliation, made in it.

The report will now have to get the approval of the University Syndicate, the highest decision-making body of the university. If the Syndicate approves the report, then the recommendations for disaffiliations mentioned in the report will go to the State government for its consent.

During the meeting, the members also decided that the quorum for academic council meetings will be 21 as decided by the university in its Council meeting held in 2006.

The BU had to decide the issue of quorum as a recent High Court order had quashed an academic council decision permitting the task force to inspect M Ed colleges, on the grounds that the meeting did not have the required quorum of 35 members.
Till the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, came into force, the number of members in the Council was 148.

For this, the quorum was decided as 35. After the Act came into effect, the number of members in the varsity’s council was reduced to 42.

As a result, the university had resolved that the quorum would be reduced in proportion to 21 members. The KSU Act authorises the university to take a decision on the quorum by itself.

Mini convocation

The university also held its 47th mini convocation during the academic council meeting on Friday.  The convocation was held to present degrees to students in absentia.

Accordingly, as many as 17,870 students studying various courses in Bangalore University were declared eligible to obtain their degree certificates. This included students from arts, communication, commerce, education, engineering, law, medical and science.

The deans of the respective disciplines declared the students concerned eligible for receiving their certificates.

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