Excess admission leaves 200 students in the lurch

Bangalore University yet to approve increase in intake


 With first semester examinations due to be held from November 19, the varsity is yet to approve the admissions on grounds that these were “excess admissions”. A number of  colleges, which had applied for an increase in intake for the 2009-10 academic year jumped the gun and went ahead with the admissions.

This, after the Local Inquiry Committee  constituted by the University had recommended the increase only for the University’s Academic Council to subsequently overlook the recommendation and reject the higher intake.

Avoidable situation

A principal from a city college, guilty of excess admissions said that the colleges went ahead with the admissions as the  Local Inquiry Committee’s  recommendations had hitherto been approved by the Academic Council.

 “All these years, the recommendations were always approved by the Academic Council. Therefore, we went ahead with the admissions. But we could have avoided this situation if the rejection had been informed to us earlier,” she complained.

Last week, members of the Bangalore University First Grade College Principals’ Association had met the Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev and the Registrar to resolve the matter.

One-time measure

The varsity had reportedly accepted the approval of these admissions as a “one-time measure” during the meeting. But, at another meeting with representatives of the Association on Monday, the Vice-Chancellor is said to have told the representatives that the matter was beyond his powers.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, the  General Secretary of the Bangalore University First Grade College Principals’ Association, Dr B S Srikanta said that the VC asked the managements to get the order from the government.

“We met the Vice-Chancellor, but he asked us to get the order from the government. We now plan to appraise the Higher education minister and present our case for approval of these excess admissions,” he said. Sources informed that the Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev refused the approval on grounds that it was “illegal” and outside the scope of the Karnataka State Universities Act. He was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, the Registrar Dr T R Subramanya told Deccan Herald that he was unaware of the VC’s stance on the matter. “The issue will be set at rest if the approval comes from the government,” the Registrar added.

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