An issue between Mangalore University and St. Aloysius College, an autonomous college under the university, over awarding degree to three batches of post-graduate journalism students is likely to be settled before the next 30th convocation of the university, according to sources.
It was because the Syndicate of the university at its meeting on Wednesday took a decision to resolve the issue in the interest of students. The Syndicate took note of May 23, 2012 letter written by the Principal of the college to the Vice-Chancellor of the university requesting to consider the case of the college, sources told The Hindu.
Earlier, the university had refused to award degree to the college’s post-graduate journalism batches of 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 under the nomenclature Master of Communication and Media Studies (MCMS) as demanded by the college. The university had said that it could award the degree under the nomenclature as Master of Arts in Communication. It was because students of those batches had studied under the regulations governing the nomenclature (title) of the course as Master of Arts in Communication. The Governor, who was the Chancellor of universities, had approved the change in the nomenclature of the course as MCMS on May 21, 2011.
Hence the changed nomenclature could be applied with prospective effect not with retrospective effect, sources said.
Sources said the Syndicate at its meeting on Wednesday decided to consider the request of the college as a one-time measure as students should not suffer. It decided to recommend to the Government to award the students of three batches the degree as MCMS. It decided to communicate to the college the decision of the Syndicate, sources said.
The request letter of the Principal was tabled at the meeting on Wednesday. It said: “…I submit the following. It was an unintentional lapse to start the course with a nomenclature without formal approval by the university due to the confusion in procedural issues for starting a new course in an autonomous college and we regret the same.
“Subsequently, we have not started any course without the prior approval of the university with respect to the nomenclature and other procedures and now things are very clear in this regard.
“I assure you that the college will comply with the directions of the university in this regard.
“I once again request you to ensure that the concerned regulations are implemented with retrospective effect so that the students of three batches will get their degrees as MCMS,” the Principal said.