Colleges-varsity rift: Solution likely today

The move from the minister comes in the wake of a protest taken out by the students of St Aloysius and St Agnes college faculty and students on Tuesday in protest against the circular issued by the Mangalore University to all its post-graduate departments and the affiliated colleges offering PG courses, that the admission should be given to those students whose scheme of examination is in accordance with the Mangalore University. As per the circular, the students of autonomous colleges will not get a seat in the university.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, more than 200 students belonging to St Aloysius College met Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivshankar Murthy. He reportedly told the students that the university would admit the students provided the autonomous colleges convert the marks obtained by the students (7O:30) to university norms (80:20).

However, the autonomous college authorities argue that the University is free to convert the marks of those students who seek admission to suit its requirements. “When the university can accept the students belonging to other universities including the foreign universities where the scheme of exam is totally different, why it is making discrimination to students coming under the purview of university,” a professor questions.

The meeting with the minister in Bangalore on Thursday is expected to get an answer to the ongoing problem.

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