Staff Correspondent

New semester system in Mangalore university next year

There are only two professional colleges in the Kodagu Art centre for women inaugurated

VIRAJPET: Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University K.M. Kaveriappa on Friday called for giving greater importance to higher education, which, he said, is neglected in the country.

Delivering the valedictory address at the silver jubilee celebrations of Cauvery Women's College, Prof. Kaveriappa, who hails from Arameri, near here, said higher education lagged behind both in terms of quality and quantity.

He said "value education" of the past has given way to "knowledge and skill-oriented" education system, of late, which had led to commercialisation of the education system. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) had accorded priority to higher education.

Prof. Kaveriappa said there are only two professional colleges in the Kodagu compared with 30 professional colleges in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. People of Kodagu should think of setting up more professional colleges, he said.

He praised Cauvery Women's College, from where over 2,000 graduated in the last 25 years, saying it means at least one girl became a graduate in as many homes.

New system

Prof. Kaveriappa said that the amended semester system in colleges under Mangalore University will come into force from the next academic year, in which extra-curricular activities play an important role in the scheme of things. It is in the interest of students where both curricular and extra-curricular activities are evaluated to judge the performance of a student, he said.

He called upon the principal of the college P.P. Sarojini to explore ways of introducing diploma courses that could run simultaneously with the degree programmes. Courses such as fashion designing, insurance, tourism and travel, world trade and others can be useful, he said. Alumni associations should help in getting the better of the financial resources in the wake of the stipulations that universities should find their own ways of mobilising resources, Prof. Kaveriappa added.

The former Director of State Collegiate Education M.D. Muthamma said education institutions should adopt new methods in teaching and technologies. There are a number of UGC-sponsored "add on" progammes that could be introduced in colleges, she said.

She inaugurated "Kousthubha," an art centre for women, the first in Kodagu, to train people in cottage industries, tatting and other age-old traditions of Kodagu.

Educationist and president of the Cauvery Education Society M.M. Chengappa presided over the function.

The former principals of the college B.C. Ponnappa, Erappa, Krishnaiah and Subramanya, were present.

Prof. Sarojini, read out a report on the occasion. The college secured a B-plus grade from NAAC, she said.