Raviprasad Kamila

Government notification soon on autonomy to colleges

  • Committee to be formed to verify claims of colleges
  • UGC had recommended seven colleges for granting autonomy

    MANGALORE: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, who is the Chancellor of Mangalore University, has reportedly approved the draft statute on granting autonomy to colleges under Mangalore University.

    Sources in the Department of Higher Education told The Hindu that the Governor had given his assent to the "Draft Statute Governing the Grant of Autonomy to Colleges and Units and Functioning of Autonomous Colleges of Mangalore University".

    The Government is likely to issue a notification to this effect shortly. Once the notification is out,

    Mangalore University could invite applications from colleges that want autonomous status. The university has to constitute a committee to verify the claims of the colleges. The committee will visit the colleges and inspect the infrastructure and review the other aspects of the colleges. The committee will then submit a report to the university.

    The decision-taking bodies of the university such as the Academic Council and the Syndicate would take a final decision on granting the autonomy to colleges. After the decision was made, the Government would take action based on the decision of these bodies.

    Sources said a committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC) that reportedly visited some colleges under the university between September 10 and October 13 in 2004 had recommended granting autonomy to seven colleges. But this recommendation was not binding on the university. The colleges are: St. Ann's College of Education, Mangalore; School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore; St. Aloysius College, Mangalore; St. Agnes College, Mangalore; Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara College, Ujire; Bhandarkar's Arts and Science College, Kundapura; and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi.

    So far, the sources said, the decision-making bodies of the university had not recommended any college to the Government for granting autonomy.