MU mulls over scholarships for 300 UG students: VC

Move is aimed at inspiring students to take up studies in pure sciences

Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Dr T C Shivashankaramurthy has said that the university is mulling over introduction of scholarships for 300 best students at under graduate level, to inspire students to take up studies in pure sciences.

Speaking at academic council meeting here on Saturday, he said that even Prime Minister and President of India have been emphasising on basic sciences. “If the student wishes to continue his/her studies at the post graduatuion level, the scholarship will be continued.

The student will be given scholarships for three years at the undergraduate level. A sum of Rs 20 lakh will be earmarked in the budget for 2013-14, to implement the proposal. If the scheme is implemented, then we might produce a good number of young scientists in the next 10 years,” he added.

Mangalore University has switched over to receiving and approving of admission statements of undergraduate students from colleges online from this academic year. With its success, the university will receive internal assessment marks availed by the students online. A software for online admission was developed by Robosoft Technologies Ltd.

Degree colleges were to send admission statements of first semester undergraduate students to the university online by filling the details in a prescribed format hosted on its website.

Prof Murthy said the new method had avoided paper work and delay in receiving the admission statements from colleges by the university and in turn colleges receiving the approval statements.

Online receiving of the internal assessment marks will have the signature of the students to prevent any mistakes. The University will also make examination applications online from next year. The students will have to submit the applications online. With this, the complete process will be online, the VC said.

Examination manual

The Council okayed the draft manual of conduct of university examinations.
“With this, the University will replace almost three-decade old manual of examinations. The new examination manual aims at guiding the effective, efficient, and lawful conduct of university examinations comprising correspondence programme, diploma and certificate courses, UG and PG programmes, master of philosophy, and doctor of philosophy programmes,” said Prof Shivashankaramurthy. 

The manual is ready and has 10 chapters and goes up to 106 pages along with 40 appendices.  Most of the chapters give a clear idea on the rules and regulations to be followed during the exam such as pre-examination preparation procedures, procedures to be followed during exam, post examination procedures, malpractices, duties of exam chief superintendent, deputy chief superintendent, room superintendent, convocation among others. The copy of the manual will be sent to all the 195 colleges, and 33 PG departments at Mangalore University, for reference.

‘Shodhganga’

Access to the repository of theses could be a click away in the near future. Mangalore University will enter into a memorandum of understanding with INFLIBNET to digitise its repository of theses as a part of the ‘Shodhganga’ project.

INFLIBNET, which is assigned to host, maintain and make the digital repository of Indian Electronic Thesis and Dissertation through ‘Shodhganga,’ a web portal accessible to all institutions and universities, by the UGC. Registrar Prof Yadapadithaya, Registrar (Evaluation) Dr B Narayana and Finance Officer Dr Pakkeerappa were present.

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