Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Mangalore Jesuit Education Society (MJES), which runs St. Aloysius College, has questioned the decision of the Mangalore University Academic Council to disapprove three postgraduate courses introduced by the college.

The Academic Council on Thursday rejected an application by the college seeking approval for three postgraduate courses started in 2008-09.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, secretary of the MJES Leo Pereira termed “far from the truth” the claims of the council that regular and qualified teachers had not been appointed, facilities had not been provided and standard of education had been diluted.

The statement said, “The college has its own statutory academic council, governing body and other prescribed academic bodies. These bodies have representatives of the university, the Government of Karnataka and the UGC, apart from experts in education and other eminent persons. Decisions have been collectively made through these bodies.”

Mr. Pereira claimed that expert committees had been appointed to study the feasibility of starting new courses.

Stressing that the college “has no intentions to flout the statutes, regulations and rules” of the university, Mr. Pereira said, “Mangalore University had been requested to grant affiliation for the proposed postgraduate courses after getting approval of the statutory bodies of the college six months in advance.” The State Government had also directed the university to grant affiliation, he added.

“It is highly regrettable that the committee, visiting the college after almost two years, has recommended to derecognise the courses. We appeal to students, parents and the general public not to be carried away by such malicious propaganda. Management will do everything possible through appropriate platforms to find solutions to all these issues,” he said.