BU to ensure colleges operate out of permanent buildings

BU to ensure colleges operate out of permanent buildings

BU to ensure colleges operate out of permanent buildings

Bangalore University has decided to come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure that all its affiliated colleges operate from a permanent building.

Educational institutions functioning out of crammed spaces has been an issue of persistent concern in the recent years. On the one hand, it is a challenge for institutions to find suitable land in a city like Bengaluru.

On the other, running an educational institution from a tentative place puts the future of students at stake.

The university took the decision in this regard at an academic council meeting here on Wednesday. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the meeting, Vice Chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda said a committee would be formed to frame regulations for the stipulation of minimum requirements for lease and rent.

“Earlier, the permanent lease period was for 99 years. Now, it has been reduced to 30 years. In such a case, if getting a building on lease is difficult the colleges should at least take a place on rent for a longer period. Otherwise they might end up shifting places every three or four years, putting students in jeopardy. Moreover, while approving university affiliation, we would have given affiliation after inspecting the current building,” Prof Gowda said. This decision came in the wake of the Local Inquiry Committee (LIC) members pointing out that several colleges which they inspected for affiliation had failed to acquire their own building.

Physical infrastructure of colleges affects the overall score of colleges, determining whether or not they are eligible for affiliation.The university Vice Chancellor will soon dispatch a letter to Jain College requesting the management to reserve a certain percentage of seats for students from humble backgrounds. As of now, the college offers courses that a common man would not be able to afford, owing to the high fee structure, said the VC.

“Perhaps, the college is obliged to charge high fees because of the nature of such courses. Hence, the university will request the college to reserve a certain percentage of seats for those from humble backgrounds. These seats should be offered at a concessional price,” he added.

Reviewing the Local Inquiry Committee (LIC) reports during the academic council meeting, the members approved the renewal of affiliation for 545 degree colleges (for the academic year 2015-16) under the university. Apart from this, permanent affiliation has been granted to 16 colleges.

The renewal of affiliation includes, 125 postgraduate colleges and 358 undergraduate colleges, besides 63 BEd colleges. In all, 125 PG colleges, 372 UG colleges and 66 BEd colleges had applied for affiliation. The university had sent 27 Local Inquiry Committees to inspect these colleges.  Approval for additional courses was granted to 49 colleges and enhancement of intake was granted to 65 colleges.

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