Bangalore University Syndicate has decided against disaffiliating any college this year as the admissions to undergraduate courses in its colleges are long over. The decision was taken at the meeting of the Syndicate here on Wednesday where reports of the Local Inquiry Committees (LICs) were discussed and passed.

In a first, the meeting was conducted under the media glare. It was convened after the government pulled up BU for irregular Syndicate meetings and directed the university to hold one soon. The past several ‘meetings’ were held through circulation of notes, leading to a debate on whether it was the 109th or 100th one.

The LIC reports were originally meant to be submitted to the government by March. “It is too late to cancel affiliations. We will follow the LIC recommendations of last year,” said Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev.

B.Ed. confusion

The Syndicate members, however, sought to clear the air on the status of affiliations to B.Ed. colleges. BU’s Academic Council had decided to consider the recommendations of the B.Ed. task force constituted by the VC over the LICs.

“Why were we made to visit B.Ed. colleges if our recommendations will not be considered [as chairmen of the LICs],” asked Syndicate member K.V. Acharya.

The meeting decided to defer the LIC reports until the task force submitted its reports before the B.Ed. admissions.

Other decisions

Some of the important decisions included approval for the relaxation of parameters for affiliations/ renewals to government colleges, paying arrears worth Rs. 65 lakh to 142 people recruited between 1994 and 2005, increasing special allowance of hostel employees from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,000, and finalising appointments of heads of departments in the next meeting.

Sports fee

Undergraduate colleges affiliated to BU may have to remit sports fee collected for all three years from students to the varsity. The Syndicate decided to explore this possibility and would come up with a notification on it soon.