Staff Correspondent

Their three-year term will end on September 12, 2007

MANGALORE: The three-year term of the Syndicate and Academic Council of Mangalore University ends on September 12, even as the State Government has not nominated members to these decision-making bodies of the university.

As per the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, the Government had to nominate six members to the Syndicate and nine members to the Academic Council. But the Government had failed to nominate the members since September 12, 2004.

The annual report of the university for 2006-07 placed at the academic council’s meeting at Mangalagangotri on Saturday mentioned that “Government had not nominated members to the two bodies since September 13, 2004”. The university had to re-constitute both the bodies and keep them in place by September 13, 2007 as per the regulations.

Decisions

In its meeting on Saturday, the council agreed to consider Diploma in Home Science being offered by the Gujarat Technical Examination Board as equal to the two-year pre-university course of Karnataka for admission to Bachelor of Arts (B.A) course offered in colleges affiliated to Mangalore University.

Approval given

The council approved the establishment of a post-graduate department of social work in the University.

K.M. Kaveriappa, Vice-Chancellor, who presided over the meeting, said the university was offering Master of Social Work since 2003-04 under the Department of Sociology. Since there was enough demand for the course, there was a need to open a separate department for it, he said.

It was agreed to grant affiliation to Sahyadri College of Education, Mangalore for 2007-08.

Dr. Kaveriappa said he would convene a meeting of principals of autonomous colleges soon to discuss various issues including grant of internal assessment marks to students and their participation in cultural and sports activities.

K. Sundar Naik, Registrar, said Saturday’s was the last meeting of the present academic council.

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