Bangalore University’s (BU) Syndicate has decided to “keep the doors open” to erring B.Ed. colleges that have “scope for improvement”.

The decision comes a day after the university’s Academic Council unanimously decided not to grant opportunity for renewal of affiliation to 70 colleges.

Genuine cases

“Genuine applicants” will be given a chance to prove themselves before applying for affiliation for 2013-14. This was keeping in mind “social justice, the quality and quantity of teachers that need to be produced, and the merits of the case”, Vice-Chancellor (VC) B. Thimme Gowda said at a press conference after the Syndicate meeting here on Friday.

The Syndicate’s resolution means that 61 erring colleges, whose prospects of applying for affiliation for 2013-14 was under threat, will now get another shot at overcoming their shortcomings and trying again before the admissions begin in October. The nine “defunct” colleges, however, do not stand a chance.

“There was consensus on the council’s decision, but the Syndicate decided to keep the doors open to those colleges that have scope for improvement, such as those that are short of a few faculty members and those that need to upgrade facilities. If genuine requests come, a heterogeneous committee will be sent to the colleges. If the committee is satisfied, the colleges can apply for affiliation for 2013-14,” the VC said. “We have sent the right signals, but BU should be a facilitator (which is why the colleges are being given time). Students taking admissions in these colleges will have to be careful. BU will update the affiliation status of the 61 colleges on its website,” Prof. Gowda added.

Asked what steps the university will take from the coming academic year to set things right in B.Ed. colleges, Prof. Gowda said a new committee would be set up to “check if academic activities are happening” in the colleges. In addition, examiners would no longer be from the same college from now on. “This will solve half the problems,” the VC said.

He also said that the system of grading the students in internal exams instead of giving marks could be introduced.

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