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Only five to six students enrolled for the course in the past five years Very few students enrolled for the course in Mangalore University during the past five years

Lack of job opportunities for postgraduates in marine geology is the main reason for poor enrolmentTeaching prospects are limited as not many universities offer this courseA new two-year M.Sc course in "Earth Science and Resource Management" will be introduced

MANGALORE: The Mangalore University has decided to discontinue its postgraduate course in marine geology from the academic year 2006-07 for want of students, according to sources in the university.

Marine geology course is one of the oldest postgraduate courses in the university introduced two decades ago as a region-specific course. This course was able to attract only five to six students in the past five years, sources told The Hindu .

Lack of job opportunities for those doing this M.Sc. course was the main reason for poor enrolment. Mangalore University was the only one in the State which was offering this course. Not many universities in the country offer marine geology course.

Hence job opportunities for postgraduation degree holders in teaching are also limited.

However, the university will not wind up the Marine Geology Department as it is already offering another two-year M.Sc. course in Geo Informatics.

In the place of Marine Geology course, a new two-year M.Sc course in "Earth Science and Resource Management" will be introduced.

Syllabi ready

A committee set up by the university has already prepared the syllabi for the new course. The Academic Council has approved the draft amendments in regulations pertaining to the introduction of the new course.

The amendments have been sent to the Government for approval. If the Governor, who is the Chancellor of the university approves them, the university will introduce the new course from the academic year 2006-07. Winding up of the marine geology course would not affect the faculty of the department, sources said.

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