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Call for improvement: Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali (left) talking to Principal Secretary Kaushik Mukherji at a meeting with representatives of educational institutes in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Call for improvement: Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali (left) talking to Principal Secretary Kaushik Mukherji at a meeting with representatives of educational institutes in Bangalore on Tuesday.

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Karnataka’s pass percentage falls short of neighbouring States Tamil Nadu and Kerala, says Limbavali

Karnataka’s 41 per cent pass is far lower than the 80-85 per cent pass in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Quality of higher education is declining for many reasons: Minister

Bangalore: Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali on Tuesday expressed his unhappiness over the low percentage of passes (41 per cent) in the Pre-University Course examination in the State as compared to 80-85 per cent in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Addressing over 150 educationists, including several former vice-chancellors, college principals, heads of departments, representatives of educational institutions, teachers and student organisations on the problems in higher education and solutions for them, Mr. Limbavali said that the pass percentage was very low.

He said that only 10 per cent of the students take up higher education in the State, and the quality of higher education was declining for many reasons.

The universities in the State have restricted themselves to conducting examinations. Educationists including former vice-chancellors should advise the government on these issues, he said.

Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, Director Pankaj Chandra presided over the meeting. Kaushik Mukherji, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, in his welcome speech, briefed experts about the intention of the Minister. M.K. Mahendra Jain, Commissioner of Collegiate Education was present. Gururaj Kharjagi, educationist, acted as the moderator.

Another meeting

The Minister said that he would hold another meeting with the teachers and managements of private educational institutions, next week.

K. Narahari, former MLC; N. Rudriah, Muniyamma and V.G. Coutinho, former vice-chancellors of Gulbarga University; H. Hanumanthappa and N.R. Shetty, former vice-chancellors of Bangalore University; K. Chandrasekhar Shetty, former vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Health University; M.R. Doreswamy, MLC and Chairman of PES Education Society; and K.E. Radhakrishna, adviser to the Principals Association of Karnataka, stressed on the need for encouraging study in the languages.

Incentives

Mr. Narahari suggested giving incentives to the students of pure sciences, because their number was dwindling. He and A.H. Rama Rao, Chairman, National Education Society, observed that the first and second year examinations for B. Sc course could be conducted at the college level and the university could hold the final year examination.

Mr. Doreswamy said that science students of five colleges should be taught at one place. The Bangalore University should be bifurcated into two or three universities.

He also urged the Minister to request the Centre to start an Indian Institute of Technology in Bangalore. D.K. Satyanarayana Shetty, former Secretary in the Government said that lecturers needed regular training to excel in teaching. Importance should be given to ethical, moral and human values in the curriculum.

Prof. Coutinho said that there were more dropouts in Gulbarga division, particularly among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs, which should be attended to immediately.

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