BU plans revision of midday meal price

BU plans revision of midday meal price

University reduces fee for revaluation and photocopies of answerscripts

BU plans revision of midday meal price

 The Syndicate meeting of the Bangalore University on Tuesday decided to revise the midday meal price for students to Rs 18.50.

According to Vice Chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda, Iskcon, which supplies the midday meals, had expressed its inability to provide food at the current price.

It had sought to revise the price to Rs 18.50. “ Since the entire burden cannot be shifted on to students, the university will contribute Rs 10 per meal. In effect, students would have to pay only Rs 8.50,” the VC said.

He added that the University was negotiating with Iskcon to reduce the fare to Rs 17 so that students will have to pay only Rs 7.

“We will invite tenders again. We will continue to outsource the task to Iskcon in case there are no bidders for a lesser price. Otherwise, we will award the tender to the lower bidder,” Prof Gowda said.

Evaluation of answerscripts

The University is yet to announce the results of two bundles of answerscripts that were found untouched in Seshadripuram college.

According to Registrar (Evaluation) R K Somashekar, the University recently found these bundles of answerscripts of second semester lying without submitting it to evaluation. This semester, there was much confusion in the results announced by the University as several students were marked absent in the exam. There were also discrepancies in the tabulation of marks.

“The problem was with second semester. The custodian of Seshadripuram College gave us much trouble and has been irresponsible. He is dodging my calls,” Somashekar said.
He added that in another instance, another custodian in Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni in Malleswaram is yet to submit as many as 360 evaluated scripts pertaining to the exam held in November 2012.

These relate third and fifth semesters. The university, has not yet initiated action in the two cases. “We are investigating into the matter. We cannot blacklist the college. But we will issue notices to the custodians concerned,” Somashekar said.  

The registrar said the two bundles found in Seshadripuram college have been evaluated, and results would be announced shortly.

Officials said the company to which the tabulation work is outsourced will be given one last chance to rectify its mistakes as the chaos this time was a result of the errors in their compilation.

Revaluation fee

The fee for revaluation of papers has been reduced to Rs 500 from the earlier Rs 625. The VC said, if any student failed in the exam, passes after revaluation, he/she will be refunded 50 per cent of the fee. In addition, the fee for photocopy, which was Rs 400 earlier, is now reduced to Rs 300.

Further, the varsity will deduct the hostel fee in the fellowship amount being given to SC, ST and PhD students. This fellowship is being given exclusively for SC,ST students without JRF who have no other financial assistance.

The fellowship is Rs 4,000 for first year, Rs 5,000 for second year and Rs 8,000 for fourth year. Until now, the students were being given separate assistance for hostel fee.

“The whole point of giving them fellowship is to aid them financially for maintenance. The hostel is already maintained by us and the students will have to pay the mess fee from the amount being given to them now,” Thimme Gowda said. The fee for fresh affiliation and renewal of affiliation has also been revised.

Panel on Sakaala

The University has constituted a committee to look into Sakaala services. Among 12 services being offered under Sakaala are exam revaluation, issue of migration certificate, promotion, change in course and combination. The university is expected to review the time frame suggested by the government and place its  recommendations before the government.

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