MU's draft sports policy is ready: VC

The draft sports policy of Mangalore University is ready and will be placed before the Academic Council and Syndicate of the university shortly for approval, said Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa.

Briefing media persons on Wednesday, he said that once the draft policy gets approval, then it would be published in the website of the university. It will address the issues of offering grace marks and attendance to the sportspersons who participate in inter-collegiate and inter-university meets.

The policy also provides guidelines to be followed while admitting students to various postgraduation courses under the sports quota. It has proposed scholarships for the athlete students.

The Mangalore University will also bear the expenses of the student athletes when they go for national and international events.

The university had given Rs one lakh to Priyanka Kalagi who had participated in the World University Athletic Meet held at South Korea in July 2015.

The university will also send the athletes to special camps at the national-level and the expenses will be borne by the university.

Byrappa said that the university had constituted a committee to formulate a sports policy which included experts from Karnataka and other states.

Stating that sports policy will be unveiled during the inauguration of 400-metre track at the university campus, the vice chancellor said that the work on the track was in progress. The track is likely to be ready after the monsoon.

Byrappa said that the Mangalore University had received Rs two crore from UGC for upgrading sports facilities.

A proposal of Rs 25 crore had been submitted to the UGC, to improve sports facilities in its constituent colleges—University College, Hampankatta; Field Marshal K M Cariappa College, Madikeri and PG Studies Centre at Chikkaluvara.

The work on the construction of sports pavilion at 400 metres track at Mangalore University will be taken up only after the proposal gets nod from the UGC, Byrappa added.

Constituent college
The vice chancellor said that Vishwamangala First Grade College at Mangalore University campus in Konaje, had started functioning during the year. The college offers BCom and BA courses. There are seven students from foreign countries pursuing their undergraduation at the college. Classes commenced around 15 days ago.

The Mangalore University has written to the State government on taking over the Government First Grade College at Thenkanidiyoor in Udupi as its constituent college.
“Once the government gives its consent to the proposal, then PG Centre will come up at the Thenkanidiyoor campus,” he explained.

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